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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Consultation opens for last major Cycle Enfield route: A1010 North

Cycle Enfield launches its consultation today on the last of the five major routes to be unveiled in the Mini Holland scheme: the ‘A1010 North’ (Hertford Road) extending north from the junction with Southbury Road. This cycle route forms part of a wider scheme to bring economic and social benefits to this part of Enfield – potentially a huge opportunity for residents.

The consultation launches with a public exhibition at the Dharma Centre, 442-446 Hertford Road, EN3 5QH today, Friday 1st July, from 3pm – 8pm and continues on Saturday 2nd July from 10am – 4pm.

From Monday the plans will be available online at the Cycle Enfield website. Please take a look at them, and the Enfield Cycling Campaign will provide some guidance soon on responding to the consultation.

 

The revised Cycle Enfield plans for Green Lanes – our response

Before Thursday’s exhibition of the final A105 Cycle Enfield plans, you might be interested to read this!

The Enfield Cycling Campaign committee met to discuss the revised A105 / Green Lanes drawings last month. Below is a record of our views. On the whole we were pleased with the changes, many of which have taken our concerns into account, and improved the route for cycling; a few concerns remain however.  Continue reading

Cycle Enfield – exhibition of latest drawings for A105

This will be Cycle Enfield’s final exhibition of drawings for the A105 (Green Lanes) scheme, revised after the public consultation. Come along to Palmers Green Library on Thursday 19 May from 3 to 8pm to see plans and visualisations for the Green Lanes route, see what changes were made following the consultation, and talk to council officers.

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Who would be the best mayor for cycling?

On Friday I went to one of the last of the London mayoral hustings before the election on 5 May, co-organised by London Cycling Campaign and hosted by The Times in their building on London Bridge Road. There were three of us from Enfield Cycle Campaign: David Hilliard and Andrew Larssen, who both cycled from Enfield, and myself (Clare Rogers) who chickened out and took the train.

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View of London Bridge from the 14th floor

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