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!

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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The Haselbury Neighbourhood plans – have your say

The council leaflet

Enfield Council is seeking residents’ comments about some plans to make Haselbury Neighbourhood in Edmonton better for walking, cycling and living. You can see the plans in detail here and give your views – the closing date is this Sunday, 1 July. This is just ‘early engagement’ and there will be a full consultation later. Continue reading

Better Streets looks at the local election results

Who are the winners and losers?

Better Streets has taken a keen interest in the local elections – it’s local councils after all who are responsible for most of our streets. We’ve asked each political party leader to take our pledge , alongside the London-wide Liveable London campaign asking residents to email the leaders en masse. The Green party fully supported it and Labour supported the pledge but modified it on the basis of their version of Quieter Neighbourhood (watering it down). While the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats made opposing Cycle Enfield a major part of their campaigns. So what would be the outcome of polling day on Thursday 3 May?

I woke up early on Friday to watch all the final results come in for the Enfield wards. I live in Winchmore Hill ward, and the results were last to be announced.  Palmers Green had again solidly returned three Labour councillors, and so had Southgate Green – and this ward originally only had two Labour councillors, so it was a gain. There was also a Labour gain in Southgate ward but that looked tight. Winchmore Hill was an important ward as most of the anti-cycle lane campaigners seem to focus on it as an area where they thought there were the most problems. Oddly, much of Palmers Green is also in the ward, so in effect Winchmore Hill has two of the most important town centres affected by the work of Cycle Enfield. Would Winchmore Hill vote in the three Conservative candidates who so opposed our new cycling infrastructure? When the result came in I posted a rather bleary-eyed tweet complete with typos: Continue reading

Who’s taken the better streets pledge?

***UPDATED on Tuesday 1 May***

A few weeks ago we got in touch with Enfield’s four main political parties, and asked them to pledge to create better streets if they won the council in the May local elections.

Specifically, we asked them to commit to:

1) Submitting a high-quality and safe, “Liveable Neighbourhood” bid, based in an area with high potential for walking and cycling, that provides big wins for both and that takes major steps to prioritise people walking and cycling over private cars in the area during the course of your term

2) Creating low-traffic neighbourhoods, to reduce traffic speed and volume where people live

3) Completing the work of Cycle Enfield, to allow all-age, all-ability cycling throughout the borough.

So what were the responses? Here they are below. Maybe this will help you decide how to vote on 3rd May… Continue reading

Dangerous orcas and bus stop boarders?

As the local elections approach, a lot has been said about the cycle lanes – with opposition parties in particular accusing the council of using features that are dangerous.

Leaving the politics aside, is there any truth in these claims? Should we be concerned about the dangers of ‘orcas’ and bus stop ‘boarders’? Here are some thoughts from Better Streets. Continue reading

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