Back in May, twelve Better Streets members met at the (very nice) new No. 90 cafe on Aldermans Hill N13 to discuss the next steps for Better Streets for Enfield.
As for previous meetings, the best part was when each person in turn explained why he or she wanted better streets in the borough. For some it was about having a more vibrant high street; for others it was safe cycling or walking, for instance to get kids to school; and for many of us it was about the streets we live on not being blighted by speeding traffic. Continue reading
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 – parents, grandparents, community volunteers and so on. 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!
Hal Haines has been making the most of his bike-mounted camera to record progress on the A105 (also known as Green Lanes and Ridge Avenue). He writes…
I have been up and down Green Lanes enjoying the new finished parts of the cycling infrastructure and public realm improvements. Sometimes I go with a camera, but sometimes not – and it was without a camera that I saw a dad with a very young boy, perhaps 7 or 8 years old, riding on the cycle lanes and through the Ridge Ave/Church St junction. By the time I found my glasses and phone they had disappeared towards Green Dragon Lane, where the cycle lane finishes. It was a lovely sight and a taste of things to come – people of all ages feeling safe to cycle on this road.
A 6-year-old tries out her bike on the A105, having just bought it from the Cycle Enfield bike market
The real problem at the moment is that bits have been finished, but they are not joined up. The bits that aren’t finished are horrible, as the following video shows.
Over the last week Enfield has seen a spate of social media posts ridiculing cyclists and inciting violence against them.
Photos of cyclists riding outside the new cycle lanes, which is permitted by the Highway Code, have been shared hundreds of times and been accompanied by comments like “Hit him with the car” and “knock the *****s over”.
I have done a rough and ready video of Green Lanes showing some of the new bits of infrastructure and how to negotiate parts of it.
See the video here
A group of traders in Winchmore Hill this week described Enfield’s Mini Holland as “a £42 million kick-start for everyone”.
Describing the controversy over cycle lanes as “a fight between two drunks in a pub who’ve forgotten what they’re fighting about” they claim it has overlooked an important benefit of the scheme: regenerating the high street.
Newly revealed public realm improvements in Winchmore Hill including a ‘bus stop bypass’ for bikes
Back at the beginning of March the Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes sent a letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan criticising Cycle Enfield’s cycle lanes and asking the Mayor to halt the work. Read on to see both his original letter and the response from City Hall. Mr Burrowes must be a little disappointed…
Last Friday saw the long-awaited completion of the most significant junction in the Cycle Enfield A105 scheme – the Ridge Avenue/Church Street intersection, next to Ridge Avenue Library. It’s not completely finished in every detail, but it’s operational – and that means waving goodbye to those temporary traffic lights with their inevitable queues of cars. Plus, it looks great. This blog post is re-blogged from Enfield Cycling Campaign’s website.
A stretch of segregated cycle lane approaching the junction
Better Streets for Enfield attended the Enfield Council meeting on 6 April. We sometimes go to council meetings if better streets are on the agenda, but on this occasion it was because the Conservative opposition had tabled a motion called “The council’s Labour administration isn’t listening”. Having attended the meeting, I feel we should re-name it “Anti-cyclist campaigners aren’t getting their way and are cross”.
It’s been exciting to see the new cycle infrastructure take shape on the A105. These photos were taken in the first week of April to give you a little taste of the progress so far (excuse the poor quality of these night time pictures)…
Cycle lane crossing the junction with Park Avenue. The cycle lane in the foreground is the end of a bus stop bypass