Here is Enfield Cycling Campaign’s response to the Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland) plans for the south section of the A1010. There’s more time now to have your say as the closing date has been extended to the 20 March. Feel free to use the comments below to guide your response at: http://cycleenfield.co.uk/have-your-say/a1010-south-scheme-consultation.
Let’s be absolutely clear, if drivers respected people on bikes then we wouldn’t need to provide cycle lanes. Unfortunately there are some drivers who do not take into consideration the safety of others when they are on a bike. As someone who cycles I feel I take my life into my own hands every time I venture onto the roads. What seems to be forgotten is that a bike has as much right to be on the road as any other form of transport and that a person on a bike has little or no protection in a collision with a motor vehicle.
There has been some lively debate online and in the papers about the implementation of the Mini Holland proposals, now called Cycle Enfield. This debate has included both ration and irrational comments and heated exchanges. A lot of ‘anti’ comments talk as if bike riders are not welcome in those town centres and should be directed away from them so that they can bypass the centres without disturbing the people who drive their cars there and who, by inference, are the only people who spend money in local shops. To me all this does is persuade a growing minority that their trade is not welcome in these town centres and that if they want to shop by bike then they should go elsewhere.
What seems to be concerning a number of shopkeepers in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill about the potential of cycle lanes being put onto Green Lanes is the loss of parking for those people who arrive by car with one comment from Tony Ourris of Anthony Webb Estate Agents being ‘If businesses loose even one of those parking spaces it could be disastrous for the local economy’. To me this is one of the more irrational of statements being made.
I have been carrying out my own survey over several weeks of Green Lanes and between the Fox Pub and the Triangle I have counted 39 carparking spaces. Behind Waitrose at the Triangle end there is a large carpark with a total of 160 spaces, 3 of which are for over 70’s and 7 for disabled people. Over that period I have been visiting that carpark on numerous occasions and have counted the unused spaces excluding the disabled and over 70’s ones and the availability has ranged from a minimum of 52 spaces up to 127 empty on a Saturday. Clearly showing that this carpark could easily accommodate any loss of spaces on the High Street. I have suggested to the council that they improve the signs pointing to this carpark, including putting in a digital display showing the number of free spaces similar to those in Enfield Town and that they allow a period of say 1-2hours free parking here whilst maintaining charges on the High Street with the aim of encouraging drivers to use the carpark instead of parking on the High Street. The lost revenue could be funded from the Mini Holland money. Additionally I suggest that from the Fox Pub to the Alfred Henning pub the pavement is sufficiently wide to accommodate a single cycle lane without impacting on the parking there and that the parking spaces there could be made disabled parking to alleviate any concerns about access to the northern end for people who have difficulties walking unaided.
An article in the Homes & Properties section of the Evening Standard talks of the new cycle super highways in London opening up home buying opportunities locally and builders and Estate Agents are already seeing the positives of having cycle lanes and advertising properties as cycle friendly offering secure cycle parking, quick access to the super highways etc. This can only improve those areas and increase values of properties as people seek to buy where facilities are available for them to cycle safely.
If cycle lanes go through Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green along Green Lanes then money will also be spent improving those centres and as a result they will be more pleasant places to visit encouraging more people to shop there whether by, Bus, Train, Car, Bike or Walking. This can only be good for those areas. If the cycle lanes are forced to go elsewhere then the money will not be spent locally and that would be a great shame for both shopkeepers and shoppers alike.
Please come and give support to the Cycle Enfield plans at the public exhibition this Wednesday, 11 February. The Cycle Enfield team will be holding a drop-in at the Fox Public House in Green Lanes between 3 and 8pm – more information on their website.
There has been some opposition to the scheme, mainly from businesses fearing a reduction in trade, so we’ve been active in countering their concerns – attending meetings with traders, writing letters in the local press and organising a ‘cash mob ride’ into Palmers Green to show that cyclists spent money too. But we need to demonstrate as much support for the plans as possible to ensure their success – so please come along and show your support.
Adrian Lauchlan FRSA
Borough Co-ordinator for Enfield Cycling Campaign
Twitter : @EnfieldCycling Website : www.enfieldcc.co.uk
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We have now created an online survey Selecting our Enfield Ward Asks to help focus and promote our contribution to the London-wide Space for Cycling http://lcc.org.uk/articles/2014-campaign-space-for-cycling] campaign in the run-up to this year’s London borough elections. Information about local cycle-friendly priorities supplied by members of the public will be supplied to every candidate in every ward prior to the May elections.
Click on the link below to see an interactive map of Enfield displaying all the asks so far. Email or post a comment on the site with your Ask and we will add it to the map.
The London Cycling Campaign believes that every Londoner, whatever their age or ability, deserves safe and inviting space for cycling on all London’s streets. This is at the heart of our Space for Cycling Campaign ahead of the London 2014 Local Elections.
The London local elections in May 2014, will coincide with mayoralty mid-term point. We want to make sure that cycling features on the agenda of incoming ward councillors and in turn put cycling at the top of the local political agenda at the London council elections. In doing so we will also help create ‘bottom up’ pressure that holds the Mayor to account for his election promises on cycling.
Operating at ward-level Space for Cycling campaign will be even bigger and ambitious than our Love London, Go Dutch campaign in 2012. We have an opportunity to try something no other campaigning organisation has done before, targeting every candidate in every ward across the Central, Inner and Outer London boroughs, asking them to support our pro-cycling policies and measures.
These measures will be tailored to specific wards, making the campaign truly ‘local’, while at the same time promoting broader LCC policies, including our key aim of safe space for cycling, for Londoners of all ages and abilities.
LCC member and supporters and members of the public will be asked to send emails to the candidates in their wards asking them to agree to our pro-cycling policies and measures.
Our target is to ensure that every candidate in every ward is sent messages from LCC members and supporters in their area asking them to agree to the ward level ask we have determined for that area.
To that end we are asking people in the Enfield Borough what the local issues are that stop them from cycling. Please post a comment here, or to out Twitter account @EnfieldCycling or email direct firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what is stopping you from cycling locally.
Space for Cycling Ward Ask Survey
As many of you may have seen, our survey is now live and we are encouraging all members and supporters to take part. It is accessible here: www.lcc.org.uk/2014survey This survey asks people what specific cycling actions/asks they’d like to see in their local area, and asks people for their main concerns in relation to the 6 policy themes of the campaign – this could be in relation to where they live, where they work or study, or on their commute.
Please do encourage friends and family to take part. You don’t have to be a cyclist, obviously, we are keen to hear the views of a wide range of people. The more input we can get, the more representative the campaign demands will be. If you complete the survey, you’re in with a chance to win a brand new Pinnacle bike!
Space for Cycling Campaign Organisers – Looking for volunteers in Enfield
The recent cycling deaths show more than ever that we need London’s decision-makers to make our streets safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.
In May next year, London re-elects its local councillors, and they, more than anyone else, have the power to make our local streets more cycle-friendly.
In order to put pressure on our local councils, we’re recruiting Space for Cycling Campaign Organisers, committed volunteers in every borough who’ll give a few hours each week between January and May to help make our Space for Cycling campaign a success in their neighbourhood.
Do you have the passion, time and the energy to do some or all of the following to help make London better for everyone to cycle?
- Putting into action our campaign activities
- Being creative about getting publicity
- Handing out leaflets to the public
- Coordinating other local volunteers
- Approaching local election candidates
- Using Twitter and Facebook
- Organising local events
If you do, please contact us today email@example.com
We’re also looking for volunteers to help our Campaign Organisers – perhaps you don’t have the time to devote to being an organiser, but you still want to be help improve your local area for cycling?
To fulfil any of these roles, you don’t need to be an LCC member or an experienced campaigner. There’ll be lots of support from our staff and local group members and we’ll give you some top tips and guidance to get you campaigning successfully!
NOMINATIONS FOR POLICY FORUM
Want to be involved in shaping our future policy? We’re looking for an Enfield member to join the LCC Policy Forum. You’ll need to nominate yourself (or be nominated by your local LCC group) before Christmas, for the elections in January.
You may be aware that Enfield Council are bidding for part of the Mayor of London’s offer of £100 million across 3-4 Outer London Boroughs.
They presented their plans to Stakeholders last week and following that we have been given copies of their initial plans so that we can present them to Cyclists in Enfield generally. Enfield Council are looking for constructive criticism of their plans to enable them to improve them based on input from cyclists. To this end we are having a public meeting on the 23rd November at 10am at the Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield and will be showing the current plans. If you can please do attend as this is your chance to influence Enfield Council’s plans.
If anyone has a projector and screen that they would be happy to let us use for this meeting then please inform me – we don’t have one ourselves unfortunately.
As you may be aware 5 people have been killed cycling in London in the last 9 days. Our thoughts go out to all the families of those who have lost their lives and anything we can do in Enfield to prevent the same sort of tragedies happening in our Borough has to be a good thing.
If you do intend to attend, or hope to then could you reply to this so that we know the number of people who will be attending.
This is the new website for the Enfield Cycling Campaign. We hope to keep you informed on all aspects relating to cycling in Enfield as well as updating you on the activities of the London Cycling Campaign as a whole