New cycling bridge for East London & 2012 Olympics

A new bridge connecting Bethnal Green and Bow recently opened to pedestrians and cyclists, forming a new link over the Regent's Canal.

The 65 tonne Meath Bridge was assembled off-site in sections and craned into position in Mile End Ecology Park.  Developed between Sustrans and Tower Hamlets Council, it was funded by the National Lottery 'Big Lottery Fund' after locals chose the bridge in a vote when asked what new local facilities they would like.

Young cyclist Juhen Islam tests out the new bridge over Regent's Canal, photo courtesy of the East End Advertiser

Close by are the popular Palm Tree pub, Broadway Markets and the canal towpath which links Limehouse and Canary Wharf in the south with north and west London; all popular cycling spots.  The bridge itself is within Mile End Ecology Park which is heavily utilised by families and young children, and negates the need to traverse the canal by the busy Mile End and Roman Roads.

The link forms the first step in the development of a Sustrans-led Greenways project between Bethnal Green and the 2012 Olympic park in Stratford via Victoria Park, due to open in time for the Games and part of a series of upgraded or new Greenways which will connect the Games to greater London.  2012 organisers have pledged that 100% of spectators will arrive by public transport, walking or cycling.