RideLondon FreeCycle on 29 July: Enfield feeder rides

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This event on Saturday 29 July is brilliant – cycling around London on traffic-free streets! There will be an 8-mile circuit of central London roads closed to motor traffic with a variety of entertainments en route. https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/

Enfield Cycling Campaign are leading a feeder ride to the event for anyone cycling direct from here. The route will start from Edmonton Green and is almost entirely either off-road (eg along towpaths) or on a segregated Cycle Superhighway. Trained ride leader David Hilliard and marshals will help keep everyone safe. It’s quite a long ride – approximately 12 miles each way – at a gentle but reasonable pace. There will be a meeting point in The City (and a time) for anyone wishing to join the return ride.

If you want an easier day (either both ways, or just the return journey), perhaps if you are bringing children, we recommend taking bikes on the Overground between Edmonton Green or Enfield Town and Liverpool Street. Liverpool Street station is about a 5-minute walk from the FreeCycle route.

If you plan to come, please register online for FreeCycle. You’ll get some nice freebies and a welcome email with a link to register for our particular feeder ride so we know to expect you. https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/ 

If you have any questions please contact us on info@enfieldcc.co.uk and we will try to help.

We are also planning a smaller, unofficial feeder ride from Palmers Green Triangle or possibly from Enfield Town via Palmers Green. This will be mainly on-road, so willingness to cycle in traffic is necessary. More details will be posted here as they become available.

A people-friendly junction unveiled! A105 and Church Street

Last Friday saw the long-awaited completion of the most significant junction in the Cycle Enfield A105 scheme – the Ridge Avenue/Church Street intersection, next to Ridge Avenue Library. It’s not completely finished in every detail, but it’s operational – and that means waving goodbye to those temporary traffic lights with their inevitable queues of cars. Plus, it looks great.

A stretch of segregated cycle lane approaching the junction

A stretch of segregated cycle lane approaching the junction. Photo credit: Michael Nevin

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Update on the cycle lane construction

The first main cycle route of Enfield’s Mini Holland is taking shape on Green Lanes (A105)! I had the privilege of showing a couple of cycle campaigners around today who had travelled from Guildford to get inspired by what’s happening in Enfield and in Waltham Forest next door.

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Bus stop bypass, nearly complete (near Park Avenue junction)

About a third of the A105 route is completed or close to completion, and we can already see bus boarders, bus bypasses, complete stretches of semi-segregated cycle lanes, cycle crossings, and some fully segregated tracks in the three town centres along the route. Many of these facilities are now ready to use. See the blog post below on Better Streets for Enfield for more detail and some photos.

The A105 cycle lanes – the work progresses

The A105 route is due to be completed in September. Work is also just about to start on the Hertford Road (A1010) southern section, between Southbury Road and the North Circular. For the full construction schedule, see the details on the Cycle Enfield website.

It’s hard to imagine the impact these lanes are going to have on Enfield’s car-centric culture – but it can only be good. Today I noticed a teenage lad in a hoody cycling on the pavement of Green Lanes. This is a common sight which many people find exasperating. But the fact is, the A105 – like so many roads in Enfield – is a hostile environment for all but the most confident adult cyclist. And while pavements are less likely to get you killed, bikes are not welcome there either. So where is this young lad supposed to ride his bike? Well, as I watched, he approached a section where the lanes are complete. He simply dropped off the pavement into the cycle lane and carried on pedalling. That bit of semi-protected tarmac was all he needed to encourage him to ride on the road.

I’m looking forward to seeing more types of people from all backgrounds – lads in hoodies, girls in skirts, parents with toddlers, elderly people on e-bikes or trikes – using those lanes. It’s taking a bit of road from motor traffic and giving it back to everyone else.

An open letter to the Mayor of London – from heartbroken Enfield

This week in Enfield our hearts have been broken. We’re shocked and saddened by all the deaths on London’s roads; but especially by the death of 30-year-old Anita Szucs, killed in a hit-and-run while cycling home on a residential road in Edmonton.

Anita and Tamas married less than a year ago

Anita and Tamas married less than a year ago

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Breakfast for bike lane builders

On Friday 14 October I was among a handful of local mums who took a cooked breakfast to the workmen on Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, where construction has begun for the Cycle Enfield scheme.

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Bacon rolls and pastries going down well

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Is this abuse really necessary?

Cycle Enfield’s opponents, having exhausted the legal process via three failed court appearances, are resorting to personal attacks on the cabinet member responsible. Helen Osman has made bizarre accusations of “racism” against Cllr Anderson on her website, N21 Online; a shopkeeper has sent the council a petition calling for his dismissal; and police advised him to cancel his latest ward forum after a hostile email about him from the chair of FERAA (a local residents’ association) to its members. It’s also come to light that verbal abuse directed at Cllr Anderson at an exhibition of the A105 designs was actively encouraged by at least one leader of the anti-Cycle Enfield campaign.

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Responding to Cycle Enfield’s consultation on Hertford Road (A1010 North)

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If you haven’t done so already, please respond to Cycle Enfield’s plans for the northern stretch of the Hertford Road (from the Southbury Road junction northwards). The deadline is 23 September, and you can respond here. Even if you’re not a resident in that part of the borough, please support it! There is real potential for the scheme to regenerate this more deprived area of Enfield, giving greater mobility to households without cars and improving health and air quality for everyone by making active travel easier.  Continue reading

A tour of Waltham Forest’s Mini Holland

The debate about Enfield’s Mini Holland rages on via social media and the local press  – will there be gridlocked roads? Vacant businesses? Cyclists mowing down the elderly at bus stops? Meanwhile, some of us from Better Streets for Enfield and Enfield Cycling Campaign decided it would be easiest just to go and look at a Mini Holland that’s already in progress. Waltham Forest is, after all, next door to us, and ahead of Enfield in completing the work.

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A street in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest

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