Potential improvements

Below is a list of infrastructure enhancements formulated that could be made to improve permeability & safety for people who cycle in Waltham Forest.

This has come out of WFCC’s analysis of the road network in Waltham Forest (south of the North Circular), and our identification of the roads carrying motor traffic flows that are sufficiently heavy to act as a substantial deterrent to people traveling by bicycle. See further down this page for our work on ‘area porosity’.

Note that this list was formulated in 2016 and to their credit the council has

Crossings of busy roads

Note: Tiger crossings (which zebras for people walking & cycling) are in our view usually preferable to Toucan crossings (which are signalled crossings for people walking & cycling) as they do not require the user to wait for motor traffic to stop.

  1. Toucan or scramble crossing in Hoe St to connect Selborne Road to St Mary Road. Plus contraflow for St Mary Rd – completed in 2017.
  2. Two way cycle track along Shernhall St to The Drive, with upgraded Forest Rd crossing, and The Drive zebra upgraded to a tiger. In the interim, remove 3 car parking bays in Shernhall St on northbound around 20 metres prior to the Forest Road junction, on grounds it impedes access to left turn filter and causes substantial traffic backlogs at busy periods creating significant additional dangers for pedestrians on the zebra & cycles.
  3. Walthamstow Village to Markhouse Village: Toucan or tiger in Hoe St at Third Avenue/Albert Rd junction.
  4. To improve permeability within Blackhorse Village: Upgrade zebra to tiger at Palmerstone Rd to support crossing between Elmsdale Rd/Northcote Rd junction. Completed in 2017.
  5. To improve permeability within Blackhorse Village, and maintain high quality of Blackhorse Rd/Markhouse Rd link : Tiger crossing of Mission Grove at Pretoria Avenue. Completed in 2017.
  6. To improve access from Highams Hill to Walthamstow Wetlands: Tiger in Blackhorse Lane at Worcester Road, a cycle contraflow for Worcester Road, plus ideally a tiger in Highams Hill Rd to connect Heecham Close & Carlton Rd. Or alternatively Highams Park Rd toucan or tiger linking St Andrews Rd & Bramley Close.
  7. To aid east/west flow north of Lloyd Park/Chestnuts Fields: Chingford Rd toucan, linking Brettenham Rd & Brookscroft Road.
  8. To improve Hale End to Brookscroft Road & Hale End to Forest Rd cycle track (and protected crossing to Shernhall St): Upgrade to Tiger across Fulbourne Rd at Victoria Rd/MacDonald Rd, cycle track in Hale End Rd between Macdonald Rd & Bellview Rd.
  9. Wood St to Village link: Tiger or toucan crossing of Shernhall St at Turner Rd/Church Hill Rd.
  10. Whipps Cross to Walthamstow Village link: Remove roundabout at Shernhall St/Raglan Rd/Barclay Rd – make latter 2 minor side roads with blended crossings. Or two way track along Shernhall St to connect Addison Rd & Oliver Rd (with tiger or toucan crossings at each end).
  11. Highams Hill/Lea Valley connectivity: Crossing of Billet Road at Millfield Rd/Folly Lane.
  12. Town Hall/Lloyd Park/Highams Hill connectivity: Upgrade to tiger crossing of Chingford Rd at Chandos Rd/Dudley Rd, add contraflow in Dudley Rd.
  13. High Road Leyton toucan or tiger crossing linking Dawlish Rd & Vicarage Rd.
  14. High Road Leyton tiger crossing linking Westdown Rd & Calderon Rd.
  15. To improve Hale End to Upper Walthamstow: Upgrade Forest Rd pelican to Toucan at Beacontree Rd, plus track or shared use path into Fernhill Court.
  16. Access to Epping Forest & Woodford: Upgrade Woodford New Road zebra to a tiger at the Oakhurst Rd junction (or substantially improve Snaresbrook Rd junction). Tiger completed in 2020.
  17. Relocate & upgrade zebra to a tiger crossing at Wood St/Upper Walthamstow Road junction, or an alternative measure to make right turns for cycles easier & safer.
  18. Upgrade the Whipps Cross Rd zebra at Forest Glade to a tiger.
  19. Leytonstone High Rd crossing between Gainsborough Road to Grove Road –  currently this cannot be done legally eastbound, and could do with westbound improvements.
  20. Leytonstone High Rd: upgrade zebra to tiger to allow Vernon Rd/Lister Rd crossing.
  21. Scramble or combined pedestrian/cycle crossings for all arms of Snaresbrook/Forest Rise junction with Woodford New Road. Combined pededstrian/cycle crossing completed in 2019.
  22. Protected crossing of Markhouse Road from Downsfield Road to Queens Road.
  23. Protected crossing from Leucha Rd (or upgrade footpath alongside rail line running from Stephenson Rd to St James St ) across St James St to Courteney Place.
  24. Tiger or Toucan crossing for Orient Way cycle track across Gateway Road; suggested this is funded via S106/CIL associated with the Gateway Rd site development.
  25. Upgrade zebra on Woodford New Road near St Peter’s Avenue to a tiger or toucan. Completed 2020.
  26. Upgrade footpath linking Higham Station Avenue to Hickman Avenue to incorporate cycle access, to create spur to Highams Park from Chingford quiet route.

Area Porosity – how does it work?

Roads carrying heavy traffic act as a deterrent to people who want to cycle (and walk) as they are difficult to cross.

The area porosity tool divides an area up into cells surrounded by busy roads, and colour codes them depending on the number of high quality crossing points they have between adjacent cells. More information below on the roads we have classified as ‘busy’.porosity key

The area porosity map for Waltham Forest (south of the North Circular), colour codes geographic areas according to the adjacent key. The map also shows existing cycle crossings (as green blobs) & cycle tracks (blue lines) that are currently in place, or that the council have committed to delivering.

Note this classification was undertaken in 2016 and needs to be revised due to the delivery of new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

So how could it change if we added 10 new crossings (which are marked as dark blue blobs)? [this is just an example – we’re still prioritising our list].

Note: For a crossing to be listed it needs to offer high quality & direct protection into low trafficked areas within cells; hence for example, several planned Lea Bridge Road cycle superhighway crossings such as Bakers Arms are not included.

Busy roads
The roads WFCC has used to define cell boundaries are what we consider to be on the primary or secondary road network.

Click here for the list.

Some roads not on the primary or secondary list may carry substantial volumes of traffic through residential areas due to rat running – we have listed most of these in the 3rd column in the worksheets. Our preference would be for modal filters to be added to remove the rat running through traffic.