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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

Got ten minutes for better streets in Enfield?

Two important consultations are live in Enfield right now – please respond if you want better streets! We need your help to save Quietway 10, and support Enfield’s first ‘school street. It will only take about ten minutes. Both close on 15 October.

Follow the links to see what Better Streets for Enfield thinks about each consultation, and for a link to the consultation itself.  For a really quick response, you can simply copy and paste, if you agree with our thoughts. Continue reading

Wolves Lane Quieter Neighbourhood

Enfield Council is consulting on plans to make the school run safer to Oakthorpe Primary School on Tile Kiln Lane. It closes on 15 October and you can respond here.

Our response as Better Streets for Enfield can be summarised as:

  • We welcome Enfield’s first school street on Tile Kiln Lane
  • We welcome the crossing on Chequers Way, although its position may need more thought
  • The main problem is traffic cutting through the whole Wolves Lane residential area. Measures are needed to prevent this and keep traffic on the main roads.

If you agree, you could use the same or similar or similar wording in your own response to the consultation.



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Trying bikes at Palmers Green Festival

On Sunday 3 September we ran a bigger, better version of last year’s Try-a-Bike area at Palmers Green Festival. It was a LOT of fun!

Despite the increasingly miserable weather, loads of people pitched up to try the various bikes on offer. At one point it was raining properly, but half a dozen people were still riding around gleefully.

Rain is not putting this family off trying the cargo bike

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A rat run can’t be a Quietway. Tell Transport for London!

We need your help!

Transport for London (TfL) are consulting on a proposed crossing of the A406 at Palmerston Road, N13. It’s part of  a ‘quietway’ – a quiet route for all-age, all-ability cycling (Quietway 10). But Palmerston Road is a rat run for drivers going to the A406, and there are no plans to stop through traffic.

It has been extended to allow more feedback and now closes on the 15 October. Please respond!

You can see the plans and respond here: by emailing  – for speed you could use the wording in our consultation response below. Continue reading

Speed bumps causing air pollution?

A new government report on air quality includes a recommendation to remove speed humps.  This prompted an ‘alarmed’ joint response from Living Streets, Cycling UK and the Campaign for Better Transport, pointing out that lives could be put at risk by speeding drivers, and not do much to help air quality anyway. Continue reading

Plants and people on the A105

Work continues on the A105.

It’s great to see more plants going in along the route. Where the kerbs are built out to slow vehicles turning in and out of side roads, the designers have added ‘rain gardens’. These are patches of planting which soak up rainwater. They are crucial for London’s sewers, which can otherwise flood at times of heavy rainfall as water rushes along impermeable surfaces into the gutters. And they look very nice too.

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