The My Liveable London campaign is now live.
Would you like an Enfield that’s “liveable” – where streets are much less dominated by traffic, and much more pleasant for walking, cycling and spending time? That’s the goal of the My Liveable London campaign. If so – can you help? From next week we will need volunteers to distribute “My Liveable Enfield” leaflets, asking the public to email Enfield party leaders before the local elections.
Basil Clarke tells us more about My Liveable London in his article below, re-posted from the Palmers Green Community website:
We’re delighted to announce that Enfield Green Party are the first party to take our pledge for better streets in the run-up to the May local elections!
Co-chairs Alex McRae and Kate McGeevor said, “Enfield Green Party are commited to making Enfield’s streets cleaner, safer and healthier for residents. We believe streets are for people, not traffic. The space has to be shared but on residential streets residents should come first. We are delighted to support the Better Streets for Enfield campaign and to pledge our support for the creation of people-friendly streets throughout Enfield.”
Here’s the pledge they took:
Better Streets for Enfield calls on all local parties to commit to supporting the health and happiness of all residents by creating people-friendly streets in Enfield – where traffic is reduced, where people have priority over traffic, and where walking, cycling and public transport are safe, attractive options for everyone. We ask you 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.
We’re also hoping to hear from the local Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties. We believe that making our streets safer, greener, cleaner and less traffic-dominated for everyone cuts across party lines – this is surely a goal that every candidate should support.
Meet Claire Hill, the Winchmore Hill mum-of-three on a mission to make N21 a plastic-free zone.
One of our key wants here at Better Streets is cleaner, greener streets, so we were keen to catch up with Hill, a pioneering eco-warrior who’s passionate about pollution and clean air – and who’s aiming to make Winchmore Hill Enfield’s first plastic-free postcode.
Better Streets committee member Maggie asked a few questions:
I read Geography at university and have always been passionate about environmental issues. Last summer I went on holiday to Italy and within five minutes had fished numerous pieces of plastic from the sea. I was horrified to see people swimming around plastic like it was normal. Blue Planet 2 and the national action that has followed has raised the issue of plastic in the environment and so it feels like a good time to build on this.
Yes, please join me! This Saturday (14 April), at 2pm, a group of us are politely returning all the single-use plastic we’ve accumulated from the Sainsbury’s store in Winchmore Hill, with a letter to the manager, to make a very visible statement about supermarket packaging. This is part of a monthly national initiative organised through the Facebook group #notourplasticproblem.
Big changes can start at the local level. There is so much we can do individually and as a community to tackle this problem. Buy reusable bottles for water and hot drinks, take reusable bags for local shopping as well as those big supermarket shops and choose natural fibres when buying new clothes. Synthetic fibres create micro-fibre pollution. Also, say no to plastic straws and buy wooden toothbrushes. Some shops are now offering a discount if you bring a reusable cup. I’d love to see this offered locally and for Winchmore Hill to become a plastic bag free zone.
I think we need to take action now on many environmental issues. I am very concerned about air pollution in Enfield – so the bike lanes are a great start in hopefully encouraging people to cycle rather than drive short journeys. I would also love to see even more street trees planted across the borough. The loss of front gardens to car parking, and the placement of utility access boxes, are a real threat to the street tree. Some of the most beautiful streets in London have one thing in common: beautiful trees. And they help our lungs.
They are totally behind me. They are real nature lovers and notice plastic litter everywhere. My eldest son said, ‘Mum, I’m really proud of what you’re doing.’
For more ideas and inspiration on what you can do at a local level, visit:
For more information on where your rubbish and recycling goes, visit:
Find out more about what Enfield council are doing to reduce plastic pollution:
Yesterday saw a day we have been looking forward to for a very long time – the launch of the completed A105 route through Enfield. The A105 (Green Lanes) now offers safe space for cycling all the way from Palmerston Crescent at the North Circular up to Enfield Town – a distance of over three miles. As well as bike lanes it’s got remodelled junctions, more planting, seating, new paving and decluttered town centres. It’s been transformed.
The launch was even better than we’d hoped. Not only did the rain hold off all afternoon, but more than 200 people of all ages turned up take part in riding and celebrating the new cycle lanes. What a day!
I joined one group of residents coming from Palmers Green and we gathered outside The Fox pub.
A couple of Better Streets members who are also Winchmore Hill residents went to their local ward forum this week. Here’s a summary: Continue reading
As Better Streets for Enfield, one area of the borough has been on our radar for a while as a place blighted by traffic problems: Bowes ward, particularly Warwick and Brownlow Roads.
On the afternoon of Sunday 11 March we’re gathering to ride the new cycle lanes along the A105!
Come one and all, whether you cycle every day or haven’t ridden a bike for 40 years – this will be an easy, family-friendly ride. We are joining with Cycle Enfield who are providing cycle instructors and marshals. (And it’s Mother’s Day, so bring your mum!)
Feel free to decorate yourself, your bike or both – balloons, bells, windmills, fancy dress all encouraged – and celebrate the transformation of this road and its town centres along the route.
Time and start place: 2pm outside Capitol House / Coffee Break in Winchmore Hill, 794 Green Lanes, N21 3RB (see image above from Google).
How far will we ride? There will be a choice of rides, either 20 minutes or a 40-minute ride, going out in groups of about 10 with a ride leader. Both are suitable for new or non-confident riders and they will stick to the bike lanes so you won’t have to ride in traffic.
How do I get there? You can come on public transport without a bike, and rent one of Enfield’s new dockless hire bikes at the starting point! (For ages 15 and up.) Download the Urbo app first – see www.myurbo.com. The starting point is on the 329 and 125 bus route and also a few minutes’ walk from Winchmore Hill station. You could also bring your own bike on the train.
I’d like to cycle there but I’m nervous of riding on the road. Contact Enfield Cycling Campaign on email@example.com and they might be able to pair you up with a cycling buddy to get you there safely from wherever you live in the borough.
It all started with a tweet. In response to a lovely photo of some children riding on the new cycle track in Palmers Green, someone wrote “Hope you enjoyed looking at all the empty shops?”
Typically with social media, no evidence is given for linking building cycle lanes and shops closing. In fact in Palmers Green, while there have been some shop closures, there is zero evidence that they have closed or moved due to the cycle lanes or even the construction of the cycle lanes. In the same way that the idea “cycle lanes cause pollution” seems to have taken hold despite no evidence, this makes for a worrying trend. Will the lie that “cycle lanes close shops” become accepted wisdom? There is plenty of evidence from around the UK and the world that it isn’t true. Continue reading
This week saw the trial of Ugur Unlu, the speeding driver who killed 30-year-old Anita Szucs last year on Bounces Road N9 as she cycled home from a night shift. He was doing 50mph in a 20mph zone and hit Anita head on. As she lay dying on the road he drove for another two miles, his windscreen completely shattered, before abandoning the car.