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Enfield to Women’s Freedom Ride: Central London 3rd March

Enfield Cycle Campaign and Better Streets for Enfield are running a feeder ride to the Women’s Freedom Ride.

This is a well-led and fully marshalled ride, with experienced riders into Central London. There are various pick up points detailed below. There will also be a return ride back to Enfield via Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill. This will be 12 miles each way (from Enfield Town) mostly on quiet roads and cycle lanes but there will be some main roads too (plus the main ride too!). If 24 plus miles is too much then there are some trains back from Kings Cross to Palmers Green/Winchmore Hill/Enfield via Finsbury Park. You will need to register that you are coming on the ride by clicking on this link Women’s Freedom Ride

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd March.

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Better Streets and Enfield Cycling Campaign joint monthly meeting

Please join us for our open monthly meeting:

Date Tuesday 20th February

Time 20:00-21:00

Format Online via Zoom – link here

We have a special guest coming to the meeting. Jemima Hartshorn, founder/director of Mum’s for Lungs will be joining us to talk about their work. For those that don’t know Mum’s for Lungs, they campaign for clean air. They started in Brixton and now have branches in Manchester and Redbridge. They are a well organised campaign group and we could learn a lot from them.

Please join us on the 20th.

What Stops Women Cycling in London LCC Report

What are the barriers to more women cycling in London? The new London Cycling Campaign report ‘What Stops Women Cycling in London?’ reveals shocking levels of abuse faced by women cycling in the capital.

LCC’s Women’s Network has today published the results of a survey of over 1,000 women who cycle in London about their experiences, with both a report and hard-hitting video aimed at illustrating the gendered abuse women in London face while out cycling. The report was launched on 16th January at an LCC panel discussion, including Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and Ruth Cadbury MP, former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking.

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Christmas Community Bike Ride – 1100 Friday 29th December

Better Streets for Enfield and Enfield Cycle Campaign are organising a Christmas/end of year community bike ride. This will be a short length, slow and sociable event for all levels and ages of riders. Please make sure you sign up using the link below and please spread the word.

All welcome please click here for more information to sign up.

LCC Community Skills Summit

On Saturday 18th November London Cycling Campaign ran a Community Skills Summit and quite a few Enfield members were present. Adrian Day ECC Co-ordinator and David Hilliard one of our infrastructure leads report on the day.

London Cycling Campaign’s annual conference for campaigners was a great event for anyone who wants better and safer cycling (and indeed better and safer wheeling and walking). Several of us from Better Streets went along to learn how we can be more effective in our campaigning. With some great speakers and over 150 delegates, the conference’s focus was on achieving commitment from Council leaders and relevant cabinet members to make active travel safer and easier. Without the political will to improve cycling in a borough its unlikely much will happen.

Various workshops looked at the key challenges campaigners face. One very useful session focussed on understanding your leaders’ motivations and interests. Even if a Council leader isn’t directly interested in active travel they may have other interests that are aligned – such as reducing pollution-related asthma amongst children or increasing footfall in town centres. Here in Enfield a key priority is increasing the housing stock – but there is a lack of land for building. One solution is to build housing on car parks – which in turn mandates that the Council takes action to ensure people are encouraged to travel by walking, cycling and public transport rather than drive.   The conference is held annually and I can thoroughly recommend you attend in 2024. You don’t have to be a member of London Cycling Campaign but you can join here:

Adrian day – Enfield cycle campaign/ bsfe co-ordinator
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Enfield’s most dangerous cycling and walking junctions revealed

London Cycling Campaign has released a new interactive map showing where London’s most dangerous junctions are. The map uses the latest ‘Stats19’ emergency services response data for 2018-2022.

The map shows that in Enfield the most dangerous junction for cycling is Angel Corner, Edmonton with five collisions involving bikes and vehicles in the past five years.

Watch Video of Angel Corner here

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London Cycling Campaign Community Skills Summit

The Enfield branch of the London Cycling Campaign invite you to the LCC Community Skills Summit.

Would you like to help make Enfield better for cycling, walking and wheeling? Join campaigners from all over London on Saturday, 18 November for a free day of talks, workshops and networking that will give you the skills and inspiration you need to get our council moving on active travel. You do not need to be a member of LCC to attend.

Time: 9:30AM – 5PM
Where: University of East London Docklands, E16 2RD

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BSfE/Enfield Cycle Campaign Meeting

DATE: Tuesday 17th October 2023

Time: 20:00 – 2100

Better Streets for Enfield and Enfield Cycling Campaign invite you to their joint monthly meeting held via Zoom

Meeting ID: 860 8244 4268
Passcode: 812448

On the agenda this week we have a guest speaker, Mat MacDonald. Mat is founder member of our sister group Better Streets for Birmingham and has recently run the successful Safer Streets Now Campaign throughout England and Wales.

Please join us.

Stop the A10 speeding and car meets in Enfield

This is a guest report by a member of the local group Safer Streets for Winchmore Hill. Bruce Tofield attended the meeting held on 3 October 2023, at Wheatsheaf Hall, Main Street.

The meeting had been suggested by Joy Cowley-Smith of Enfield Matters and was organised by Feryal Clark, M.P. for Enfield North, who chaired the meeting.

My observations

There is clearly great anger among residents both at the very loud noise including explosions from large numbers of cars that gather to race and display and that have specially modified exhausts, and also at the apparent failure of police and Enfield to solve the problem over many years.  The room was full and the many remarks from the floor were consistent in noting the repeated disturbance for hours on end to people’s sleep and mental health (children in particular) and to animals (dogs especially) and also the frustration that the problem had been getting worse and more frequent in recent years.  The meeting went on for two hours and would almost certainly have continued for a lot longer had it not been brought to a close.

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Newsletter Quieter Neighbourhood Update 2

Enfield Council have announced two proposed sites for their next Quieter Neighbourhood programme. These are still at a very early ‘engagement’ stage and it would be a great idea to give them some ideas and get involved.

Bowes East QN

Bowes East is the area between the North Circular Road, Green Lanes and Wolves Lane. This has traditionally been an area where there’s been lots of ‘rat-running’ between Green Lanes and Wolves Lane. Mostly northbound traffic would end up on Princes Avenue/Tottenhall Road and then join the North Circular via Green Lanes. An attempt to solve the Princes/Tottenhall problem was attempted in 2011 (see this report from the Palmers Green Community site) but it ended up pushing traffic further up Green Lanes to Grenoble Gardens. This is an example of why planners should take a ‘whole area approach’ to Quieter Neighbourhoods. Hopefully, Enfield will take this approach but it may need your engagement to help understand the local traffic.

Some of the interventions that are being considered are:

  • Modal filters that allow people walking and cycling through but not vehicles. It is likely that the council will go with ANPR camera controls for some filters to avoid any issues with the emergency services.
  • one-way streets
  • School Streets
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