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.

2 thoughts on “Update on the cycle lane construction

  1. J Szarka

    I started using the sections of the cycle lane on A105 during my almost daily commute to work. I feel safer knowing cars won’t pass me too close.
    Pedestrians waiting in the bus stops are a bit of a concern. Will there be any warning signs or lane painting in bus stops? A young girl wandered in my way from a bustop with headphones on while looking at her phone this morning. Luckily I managed to avoid her.

    1. Clare Rogers Post author

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying the lanes. With bus stop boarders, we’re asking the council to clarify that cycles should always give way to bus stop passengers – in other words if the bus has stopped, it’s best for cyclists to stop and wait for passengers to get on and off and the bus to move away before continuing. I don’t think it’s that clear at the moment. However I’m sure people will get used to the new system as time goes on.

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