Welcome to Better Streets for Enfield!

If you want streets that are friendly to people, not just traffic, you’re in the right place.

Better Streets is a group of Enfield residents from many different walks of life.  Some of us cycle to get around; many of us walk, use public transport and drive – but we’re all agreed that we want healthier, safer, better streets that work for everyone in the borough.

To find out more about our vision, see our manifesto. You can also find us (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter. Our latest news is below. Enjoy!

How’s it going on the Hertford Road?

The A105 scheme was not a one-off.  It was the first of several major routes in Enfield that will get the Cycle Enfield treatment, adding cycle infrastructure, remodelling junctions and making public realm improvements to miles and miles of A-road. Next up, and making good progress, is the Hertford Road or A1010 South route – from the North Circular up to Ponders End town centre. It will be followed by the A1010 North, from Ponders End to Waltham Cross.

When it’s finished, the Cycle Enfield scheme will have created a cycle network covering the A105, A1010 South, A1010 North, Enfield Town and an east-west link between Enfield Town and the A1010

Last month a group of us from Better Streets and Enfield Cycling Campaign got to ride the route with Richard Eason, head of Cycle Enfield. Here’s what we found. Continue reading

Planters arrive in the Fox Lane area

Yesterday the first planters for the Fox Lane area’s Quieter Neighbourhood were put in place, starting with The Mall and Selborne Road N14, as shown in the tweets below.

The Mall is part of the most heavily used rat run through the area, with thousands of cars going through every day – in our traffic counts we found more than one car every ten seconds at peak hours. So it was not a surprise to hear reports of a traffic jam this morning as rush hour traffic encountered the planters for the first time.

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Bowes ward petitions for a low traffic neighbourhood

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Could the Fox Lane area be a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’?

Last month Enfield Council announced that it will go ahead with its Quieter Neighbourhood plans for the Fox Lane area. So what are these plans, why does the area need them, and could they go beyond mere traffic calming to create a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’?

The Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood

Click on the image to see a larger version on Cycle Enfield’s website

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Police tackle Enfield “close passes”

This week the Metropolitan Police Cycle Safety Team came to Enfield to carry out a ‘close pass operation’ on The Bourne, Southgate. Their mission: to pull over and educate people who drive dangerously around people on bikes.

Good news for anyone who cycles in Southgate: the Met Cycle Safety Team on The Bourne N14. In the centre is team leader Rob; PCSO Antony is second from right

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Haselbury and Firs Lane neighbourhoods – last chance to have your say

These important Cycle Enfield consultations – on the Haselbury area in Edmonton, and a quietway through the Firs Lane area including Barrowell Green – are due to close on the 7 October. Please submit your comments now if you have any connection or interest in the area. You’ll find both forms via the consultation hub.

Proposed changes to the Haselbury Road shops area

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Enfield on World Car Free Day

You may or may not have noticed, but Saturday 22 September was World Car Free Day – and Enfield took part.

The London Play ad for street play on 22 September – using a photo taken on a play street in Enfield

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Hundreds ‘Tried-a-Bike’

Hundreds of people took two wheels (or sometimes three or four) on Sunday 2 September, in the try-a-bike area of Palmers Green Festival. Run by Enfield Cycling Campaign and Better Streets for the council’s Cycle Enfield scheme, the annual Try-a-Bike had its busiest year yet. By the end of the day close to 400 people of all ages had pedalled around Broomfield Park’s tennis courts.

A boy uses the handcycle – designed for wheelchair users but fun for anyone

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Try a bike at Palmers Green Festival

Think you can’t cycle? Think again!

A trike from Bush Hill Park inclusive cycling scheme

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Are you an Easy Rider?

This Saturday (25 August) will be the fifth Easy Riders meet of the year – don’t miss out if you want a gentle, sociable group ride to Forty Hall! Details here.

The March ride. It’s hard not to smile on bicycle – especially with your nearest and dearest, on a nice safe bike lane

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