Research released on 19th July has shown that Haringey has a waiting list of over 6,000 for on-street bike hangars. Meanwhile, current capacity stands at a measly 840 spaces. The council’s draft walking and cycling action plan, which came to cabinet in February, outlined the need for more bike hangars, but only targeted an extra 50 per year, and failed to provide funding for any at all.
This research comes hot on the heels of the Healthy Streets Scorecard, which showed that Haringey is one of just four London boroughs where the proportion of journeys using sustainable transport (walking, cycling, public transport) has decreased since 2019. That report said that:
“Haringey has promised much over the last few years on active travel but there has been little sign of delivery and that is increasingly showing in its results.”
Haringey has received over £1 million of streetspace funding from TfL in the last year (which can be spent on any active travel schemes), more than any borough except Camden.
Cllr Liz Morris (LD-Highgate), Opposition Spokesperson for Transport and Neighbourhoods, said:
“This research, coming hot on the heels of the Healthy Streets Scorecard, clearly shows that Haringey is not doing enough to promote cycling in the borough. The council’s plans to increase the number of bike hangars by just 50 per year means it will take until 2039 just to get through the current waiting list. Haringey residents know that we need action to tackle the climate emergency, but all we get is warm words from the Labour-run council, who are failing time and time again to take the issue seriously.”