Cycle Enfield / Mini Holland
Overall, Better Streets for Enfield backs the Cycle Enfield scheme. We think it’s an investment that could transform our streets, for better health, well being and the economy.
What is Cycle Enfield?
In 2012 Transport for London and the Mayor announced a ‘Mini Holland’ competition for outer London boroughs to bid for a total of £100 million, in order to transform town centres and main routes for walking and cycling – with ideas taken from continental approaches to design.
Enfield was one of the selected boroughs and won £30 million (Waltham Forest and Kingston also won the same). Enfield’s Mini Holland scheme is now known as Cycle Enfield.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some common questions and arguments about the Cycle Enfield scheme, answered on the Enfield Cycling Campaign website:
- Won’t there be more congestion if the road is narrowed for cycle lanes?
- What about buses stopping in the carriageway? Won’t that delay journeys?
- What about air pollution?
- Why do the cycle lanes need to be on main roads?
- Passengers will have to step off the bus into the cycle lane!
- Won’t it harm local business to lose parking to cycle lanes on the high street?
- Wouldn’t the money be better spent on the NHS?
- You won’t get me on a bike!
- Cycling isn’t practical – what if you have children or shopping?
- What about people with disabilities?
The questions about cycling and bike lanes are the same the world over: How will shopkeepers get customers? The roads are too narrow! And isn’t Holland different because it’s flat?
Here’s a website with some great answers to those points: http://cyclingfallacies.com/en.
What’s the evidence?
Better Streets strongly believes that making cycling and walking safer, easier and more attractive around the borough will have many, many benefits. Research from around the world backs this up. The main ones are for children, public health, local shops, air quality and making the best use of space on the road. Here’s a summary of the facts and evidence from Enfield Cycling Campaign.
What changes will Cycle Enfield bring?
The main proposals include:
- Making high streets / town centres more attractive and accessible by bike and on foot, including in Ponders End, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill and Enfield Town.
- Removing car traffic altogether from Church Street in Enfield Town, leaving bike and bus lanes only
- Introducing semi-segregated cycle lanes along the A105 (Green Lanes), A110 (Southbury Road) and A1010 (Hertford Road)
- Creating ‘Quieter Neighbourhoods’ – residential areas where through traffic is slowed or filtered
- Developing a network of quietway and greenway routes across the whole borough
- Developing cycle hubs at Enfield Town and Edmonton Green Train Stations
- Providing support for residents who want to take up cycling, with free bike loans and residential cycle parking
- Involving the local community in the design of all schemes, particularly those in residential streets.
More detail is available on the Cycle Enfield website.