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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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Newsletter – Quieter Neighbourhood Update 1

New reports show positive progress for Enfield’s Quieter Neighbourhoods

A traffic monitoring report for each of Enfield’s completed Quieter Neighbourhoods was published by Enfield Council in August 2023. They are presented as a set of slides and available here at Bowes and Fox Lane.

The monitoring took place in late November/early December 2022 and followed exercises carried out in September 2021 after the initial implementation of each scheme.

Overall

  • There is positive news in terms of traffic reduction in both QNs. Fox Lane is more positive in terms of boundary roads in particular, which carry the most traffic. 
  • Further monitoring will take place on some roads, named in each report. Other ‘mitigation’ may follow depending on the outcomes.
  • There are limits to the extent to which this exercise is directly comparable to the one in 2021. 

For more information on the impact of schemes in London to date see this extensive 2023 study.

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Haringey & Enfield Architecture Ride

Join us on Saturday 16th September for this leisurely 30-mile cycle ride from Wood Green Common, exploring some of Enfield’s interesting architecture

This is a safely marshalled, leisurely group cycle ride. We will set off at 10am from Barratt Gardens, Station Road, London N22 6UU (next to Wood Green Common), heading north via several places of architectural interest in Enfield – many with cycle-friendly features. We will stop for lunch and refreshments en route, returning between 3 and 4pm to Wood Green Common.

Please book here to reserve your place via the Eventbrite page.

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RideLondon FreeCycle feeder rides on May 28th, 2023

We’ve got a couple of feeder rides for the RideLondon FreeCycle. The FreeCycle is an amazing day out on a very large traffic-free loop around London.

The two set-off points are:

The Fox, 413 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 4JD.

The Cycle Hub, Edmonton Green station, The Broadway, Edmonton N9 7AA*

*if this post code isn’t valid on your satnav/phone N9 9DX will get you to an adjacent cafe.

Both the Palmers Green and Edmonton feeder rides start promptly at 9am and return at 3pm. The Palmers Green ride will join with Haringey CC group and go south to Bank; the Edmonton ride will go south down the Lea Valley park and then largely on protected cycle lanes to Bank. The leaders and marshals are all London Cycle Campaign trained. Register for the Freecycle AND Led Rides here: https://www.ridelondon.co.uk/our-rides/ridelondon-freecycle If you want to leave from Palmers Green this is under Enfield 2 when you register.

Local ride leader or marshal training on May 13th

Have you recently been on one of our rides and seen the ride leaders and marshals in action? If you think it looks like fun and a challenge, maybe you would like you like to help lead or marshal one of our bike rides – perhaps one of the two feeder rides to Ride London Freecycle on the 28th May? Why not sign up to ride leader or marshal training? London Cycle Campaign are running two free courses at Enfield’s Council offices. Sign-up here LCC Events

Enfield Cycle Campaign/BSfE AGM 7.30pm 16th May

The AGM is the highlight of our year and this time our speaker is active travel expert Georgia Yexley. Georgia will be talking about the barriers to enabling active travellers, and what we can do about them.

We have a packed agenda of what we’ve been doing and what we plan. We also want to hear from you, so join us in The Fox’s lovely new function room.

The time – 7.30 pm Tuesday 16th May 

Duration – 1 hour 30 minutes

The place – The Fox (function room) 413 Green Lanes, London N13 4JD

Community Bike Ride – Sunday 30th April

In association with Enfield Council, we are organising a family-friendly ride exploring Enfield’s new cycle lanes around the Hertford Road (A1010). Starting at Edmonton Station at 2pm, we will do a loop of just under 8 miles to Albany Park and back. The ride will be led by the experienced cycle trainer David Hilliard and be marshalled by fully trained London Cycle Campaign members.

UPDATE We have some Lime hire electric bikes available at Edmonton too.

For those wanting to join from different parts of the borough, we have organised a couple of informal feeder rides:

From Palmers Green – meet at 1300 outside The Fox, 413 Green Lanes, London N13 4JD

From Enfield – meet at 1250 outside Enfield Station, Southbury Rd, Enfield EN1 1YX.

For further information contact us at info@betterstreets.co.uk

Please sign up for the event via Eventbrite (A1010 ride) We hope to see you there!

Better Streets for Enfield are recommending supporting the victims of the Turkey earthquake via our sister group, Londra Bisiklet Kulübü (London Cycling Club). So far they have donated 15 kids bikes to an organisation called “Hatay Earthquake Solidarity “ in earthquake most effected city Hatay. 

Click to donate via JustGiving

Ride with us to the Woman’s Freedom Ride 5th March

Would you like to ride with us to the Woman’s Freedom Ride on 5th March? Here’s what to expect.

We will be joining Haringey and Islington Cycling Campaign on route. Expect a big lively crowd! The feeder ride will be led and marshalled by fully qualified cycle instructors or London Cycling Campaign members and we will end up at Marble Arch for the start of the Woman’s Freedom Ride. Here’s where we will be meeting up:

08:40 Enfield Town Station

09:00 Winchmore Hill ‘Coffee Break’

09:10 Palmers Green ‘The Triangle’

09:30 Turnpike Lane Station

09:45 Finsbury Park – Manor House gate

10:00 Highbury Fields

11:00 Marble Arch

Click here to book your place via Eventbrite

Riders gather at 11:30 for a 12:00 departure. For those who want to ride an easier route to Marble Arch, there’s the option to get the train from Enfield Town into Liverpool Street and ride from there. Another option would be to take the train to Kings Cross and use cycle routes C6, C3 and C55 (quiet roads or protected cycle lanes all the way) to get to Marble Arch.

For your return, you can either be guided back as part of the group or make your way to either Kings Cross or Liverpool Street and take the train back to Enfield.

We hope to see you there!

Women’s Freedom Ride March 5th 2023

Here’s a date to put in your diary, March 5th. LCC, Londra Bisiklet Kubülü and Joy Riders are organising a Women’s Wonder Ride in London and we, together with LBK, will be organising a feeder ride from Enfield. We are calling for London to be a city where everyone can cycle. The ride is open to all who identify as women or non-binary, plus allies, i.e. everyone. The route in London will be on protected routes and safe for all ages and abilities. For more information about the feeder ride look out on social media or email us at info@betterstreets.co.uk

Want to book? All the details can be found here on the Eventbrite link

Enfield council: please free us from our cars

Dear Enfield Council,

Let’s face it – many of us in Enfield are addicted to our cars. We use them for all journeys, long and short, even trips we could have walked in five minutes. Are we just lazy? Or have we got into the habit because for many journeys, driving is not only the easiest way to travel, but actually the only viable option?

Sometimes the best way to remove barriers….is to add one (Tom Flood)

But now that we have blue bins right outside our front doors – and limited space in our black bins – most of us recycle. It’s been made convenient to do the right thing, so we do it.

The same applies to transport. We need the transport equivalent of the blue bin right outside our front doors. (We also need the black bin equivalent, because not every trip will work without a car.)

What is the blue bin equivalent? Healthy streets. Streets where you instinctively feel safe to walk, cycle, or wheel, no matter how young, old or disabled you are. You might get that feeling from a street that is so low in traffic, you find yourself strolling in the middle of the road. Or a street with plenty of traffic, but with safe crossings, wide pavements, and protected space for cycling. One or two of these streets don’t work in isolation. But when you have a network of low-traffic streets and safe main roads linked up across the borough, with every train station and bus stop easily reached by walking, cycling or wheeling, that’s your blue bin equivalent. Most local journeys won’t need a car.

Here’s an example. I live in a bit of Enfield where a patchwork of healthy streets has begun. Through traffic is removed from my neighbourhood, so on a street where thousands of drivers used to take a short cut, today I saw an elderly couple walking slowly along the middle of the road, and a father and young son riding home from the local primary school. I have lived in this neighbourhood for twenty years and I can tell you that before the council intervened, neither sight was even thinkable. No one would have walked in the middle of that road, of course, but even walking on the pavement was unpleasant, and there were many junctions with busy side roads to cross. Would that elderly couple have opted to go for a stroll in the area when traffic was rife? Or would they have driven to a park? And the father and young son coming from school on bikes – before, this was simply not an option. There was just too much traffic.

So the council has provided options that previously did not exist for many people. Driving is still possible, just as the black bins are still there, but now there are alternatives – for all ages and abilities.

We need this provision across Enfield. The statistics in the pockets of the borough that have healthy streets show a drop in car use and an increase in active travel. For those who haven’t got access to a car, or can’t drive at all (like all children) this must be a welcome liberation. And those who do have cars are clearly leaving them at home for some journeys. New habits are forming; the addiction is losing its hold.

Opponents of healthy streets focus on what’s been taken away – driving is a little less convenient when we can’t take every short cut. But think about what’s been provided – whole networks of safe, healthy streets where people have priority. We need more of this. We need streets that give us choices. We need streets that set us free from our cars.

If you agree, there’s an easy way to tell the council – use this form to send an email to all the party leaders in the local elections asking for ‘climate safe streets’, streets that allow more people to leave their cars at home: www.lcc.org.uk/enfield

Clare Rogers April 2022

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