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Dockless bikes are coming to Enfield

Great news – dockless bike hire is coming to Enfield!

What, you might ask, are “dockless” bikes? Unlike central London’s famous Boris Bikes – which need to be taken from and returned to special docks on certain streets – dockless bikes can be found, and left, in any public place that isn’t causing an obstruction. In theory, you could get off a train in Enfield, find a hire bike right outside the station, unlock it with an app on your phone, ride it home and leave it parked on your street. You’d only pay for the minutes you used to ride it.

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Ponders End high street

We’ve focused a lot on the A105 scheme in the west of the borough in this group, as that’s where most of the Cycle Enfield action has been. But meanwhile Ponders End in the east has been quietly transformed, right at the heart of its high street.

In November 2017, four members of Better Streets / Enfield Cycling Campaign went to have a  look at what’s been happening.  I’d personally only seen the scheme on paper until then, and had concerns about the ‘shared space’ design. The three others live locally, and their feeling was that while it isn’t perfect, where it’s complete the new layout, traffic flow and look of the street was much better than before.

Shared space

The A1010/Lincoln Road junction before the work started, from Google Streetview

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Take action for quieter neighbourhoods… by Sunday!

Only a few days left before the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) consultation closes! Please have your say before midnight this Sunday (26 November).

This Better Streets for Enfield flyer has gone to 1,000 households in the Fox Lane area (Image: Jakob Hartmann)

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Crackdown on A10 speeding and cruising meets

Good  news for everyone fed up of cars screaming up and down the A10 all night or ‘cruising’ in illegal retail car park meetings.  The following report is by Basil Clarke and first appeared on the Palmers Green Community website:

  • A multiagency “clampdown” on A10 speeding is planned, including the use of a PSPO to break up “car cruising meets”
  • Public responses to the proposed package of PSPO measures have been highly supportive and they are likely to be introduced

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Quieter neighbourhoods under attack

The ‘lucky people’ are the residents of the affected area

‘Save Our Green Lanes’ (SOGL) member Helen Osman has been busy attacking two of the Quieter Neighbourhood plans in her newsletter N21 Online.  SOGL are now distributing leaflets to households in both the Fernleigh Road and Fox Lane areas, encouraging a negative response to the consultations.  What are they upset about? Continue reading

Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood plans

The Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood consultation is open, showing some innovative and promising ideas. You can see the plans and respond here, while the technical drawings are here – the closing date is 26 November.

The map in the Fox Lane QN consultation leaflet

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Why 20mph really is plenty

One of our ‘asks’ as Better Streets for Enfield is a borough-wide 20mph zone where people live, work or shop. BSfE member Maggie Westhead explains why…

Death on our roads

20mph – a matter of life or death

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Fernleigh Road Quieter Neighbourhood

The council has released its plans for this residential neighbourhood in Winchmore Hill, centring on Fernleigh Road N21. We’ve got some thoughts on our response  – see below – but they’re not set in stone, so please get  in touch via to suggest any changes, especially if you live in the area.

The Fernleigh Road area from the council’s leaflet, due to become a 20mph zone

To complete the consultation, you can respond here and see the technical drawings are here. The deadline is 12 November.  Continue reading

Praise for Enfield’s ‘Mini Holland’

Some of us Better Streets for Enfield members are also members of London Cycling Campaign, and this month we went along to LCC’s AGM and awards evening. The keynote speaker at this star-studded event (well, it was star-studded by cycle campaign standards) was Dr Will Norman, the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner.

Will Norman (2nd from left) on an earlier visit to Enfield, with Cllr Anderson (far left), council officers and a campaigner

As part of his talk, Will Norman led the audience in a round of applause for Enfield Council for its Mini Holland (Cycle Enfield) scheme, and for us as the campaigners who have worked hard to support it. (If you are a member of Better Streets for Enfield, consider yourself applauded.) He recognised both the transformation that the scheme is bringing, and the scale of the opposition that council and campaigners have faced – he’s got a separate, rather large file of correspondence from the scheme’s opponents… Continue reading

Connaught Gardens Quieter Neighbourhood

The Better Streets committee has been poring over the council’s plans for the Connaught Gardens neighbourhood in Palmers Green. What do you think – will these measures be effective in creating a quieter residential area with less traffic, where more people are likely to walk, cycle and get to know their neighbours? We think it’s got some good points but, like the Wolves Lane area, a lot more needs to be done. Our response is below.

This consultation ends on 22 October – please see more and respond here.

The ‘Connaught Gardens’ area is a residential neighbourhood bounded by the A406, the A105 (Green Lanes) and Hedge Lane. It gets a lot of through traffic as drivers seek short cuts to these major roads, especially along the Hazelwood Lane – Connaught Gardens – Callard Avenue route. Continue reading

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