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Hope for better streets in Bowes

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.

Google maps showing the B106 (Brownlow Road) and Warwick Road N11, both blighted by heavy traffic

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Ride the A105!

On the afternoon of Sunday 11 March  we’re gathering to ride the new cycle lanes along the A105!

Meet here in Winchmore Hill at 2pm on Sunday 11 March

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 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 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.

Cycle lanes are bad for business, right?

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

Will the death of Anita Szucs change anything?

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.

Image from BBC news website

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We need clean air in Enfield too

Would you like cleaner air in Enfield?

The Mayor is consulting on his plans for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). As they stand, these plans could make Enfield’s air WORSE.

Toxic NO2 emissions in London. Can you spot the North Circular?

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Changes to funding for Enfield’s streets

Borough councils across London are said to be furious after Transport for London (TfL) cut funding intended to maintain and improve borough streets, including Enfield’s Mini Holland grant. Continue reading

Navigating the hostile streets of outer London

How can we make Enfield’s streets less hostile to human beings who are not inside vehicles?

As an outer London borough, we are highly dependent on our cars, and the design of our streets – especially at major junctions like on the A10 and A406 – makes travel by any other means unappealing or downright dangerous. Enter Caroline Russell, Green London Assembly member and award-winning healthy streets champion, with some ideas of how to tackle our ‘hostile streets’. Basil Clarke explains – the following is his article on the Palmers Green Community website, republished with permission.

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“The lesson…is that you should not be afraid”

Andrew Gilligan on Enfield’s Mini Holland

Andrew Gilligan, London’s Cycling Commissioner when Boris Johnson was Mayor of London, was closely involved in Enfield’s Mini Holland. As well as being the person who commissioned it, of course, he kept in constant touch with the council throughout the process and attended some of the key council and public meetings during the consultation period. So it’s fascinating to read his perspective on Enfield.

Andrew Gilligan (holding banner on left) after Enfield Council’s vote to approve the A105 cycle lanes

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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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