Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland)

What is Cycle Enfield?

In 2012 Transport for London and the Mayor announced a ‘Mini Holland’ competition for outer London boroughs to bid for a total of £100 million, in order to transform town centres and main routes for walking and cycling – with ideas taken from continental approaches to design.

Enfield was one of the selected boroughs and won £30 million  (Waltham Forest and Kingston also won the same). Enfield’s Mini Holland scheme is now known as Cycle Enfield.

What changes are proposed?

The main proposals include:

  • Making high streets / town centres more attractive and accessible by bike and on foot, including in Edmonton Green, Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill and Enfield Town.
  • Removing car traffic altogether from Church Street in Enfield Town, leaving bike and bus lanes only
  • Introducing semi-segregated cycle lanes along the A105 (Green Lanes), A110 (Southbury Road) and A1010 (through Edmonton Green)
  • Creating ‘Quieter Neighbourhoods’ – residential areas where through traffic is slowed or filtered
  • Developing a network of quietway and greenway routes across the whole borough
  • Developing cycle hubs at Enfield Town and Edmonton Green Train Stations
  • Providing support for residents who want to take up cycling, with free bike loans and residential cycle parking
  • Involving the local community in the design of all schemes, particularly those in residential streets.

More detail is available on the Cycle Enfield website.

But what are the pros and cons? See our frequently asked questions and facts and evidence.


17 thoughts on “Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland)

  1. Linda Howlett

    I don’t have a bike but I do drive a car which I pay tax and insurance for..what I would like to see if when all these lanes for bikes go ahead is that all these people who want to use there bikes on any roads have a helmet proper wear and insurance and that there bike has a certificate to say there bike is ok for the road.After all I could not get into my car without all the correct paperwork so what makes a bike differant don’t get me wrong I’m not Against bikes but the law needs to be changed and maybe there will not be so many accidents.

    1. Clare Rogers

      Linda – you are right to be concerned about accidents, as around 12 pedestrians and cyclists have died so far this year in London in collisions with motor vehicle. This is not about helmets, clothing and insurance, however. The Netherlands has a spectacularly low rate of cycling accidents, despite the high numbers cycling, and hardly anyone wears a helmet there. What keeps people safe on bikes, including children, is road design that separates cycles from motor traffic on main roads and especially at junctions, where most accidents occur. That’s exactly what Cycle Enfield is seeking to do, with semi-segregated lanes on five major routes and safety measures for bikes at junctions.

      Apologies for the slow reply!

      1. Linda Howlett

        Hi Claire I think you have missed the point.I have seen young men on push bykes doing wheel spins in the middle of the road.I have seen this quite a few times latley with no respect. What will a bike lane do ‘re this nothing becaus they are dare devels on bikes.I know that not all bykes are like this. Thats why a law should be passed for helmets to be compulsory and insurance so that when there is an accident they can pay out for damages caused just like driving a car which would not be allowed on the road without Mot insurance and road tax what makes a person on a push byke any different from a car and motorbyke.I have seen 9 bykes in a morning go pass here I’m sure the money this is costing could be made to better use of .I also know that there is nothing more to be done as this has already gone through but nothing has been thought through I still say this should not have been pasted till a law was put in place for safety.And I is not the only person who thinks helmets and insurance are necessary.

        1. Clare Rogers

          Apologies, technical hitch- I have only just seen your comment. I still think my comment stands though. It’s not people on bikes who cause danger, however irresponsible it is to do a wheelie in the middle of a busy road. It’s motor traffic that causes untold harm in this country – speed, volume, and the often fatal cost of careless driving. So the best safety policy is to reduce the amount of traffic by making other, safer modes of transport easier and safer to use. Let’s not make it harder to cycle by insisting on helmets, insurance etc. Let’s make it easier and safer by giving people bike lanes to ride in.

  2. Linda Howlett

    I don’t think this has been thought through properly.What the council have proposed in there plans iare stupid have the planners really looked at the traffic that use these roads on a day to day basis and the traffic jams that will accure.
    And what has been done for safety. Not only to protect the cyclist but the car drivers and motor bikers.It’s all well these lanes being put into place but
    1 ) Aare the bikes road worthy, and have certificates.
    2) Have they the right clothing.
    3) Have they insurance to pay for the damage done.
    It is not always the people who drive cars or motor bikes faught when there is an accident involving a push bike.
    These bike lanes need more thought and all the proper safety put I to place before they are open

  3. Nicholas Bridle

    Is this scheme ever going to actually get off the ground? I live in Devonshire Road in Palmers green and the high street needs to be a more pleasant, welcoming place asap! In an age where most people shop on the internet, on their ‘phones, the only way for a high street to survive is for it to become a pleasant destination where people want to spend time and money in the local area. We’ve been talking about it for years already; when will the building work start?

    1. Clare Rogers

      I agree Nicholas! The scheme has started though – the work on the A105 began in November in Winchmore Hill and is slowly extending north and south but hasn’t reached Palmers Green yet. I think the whole Green Lanes route is due to finish in April/May, by which time they may have begun on the Hertford Road. Here’s more info on the timing and phases: By the way we might know each other – I’m on Devonshire Road too! – Clare.

  4. Jonathan Bingham

    Linda – bicycle riders are different to car drivers because they have a legal right to use all roads. Car drivers can only use the roads by license.
    I agree that cyclists can cause accidents, but the damage or injuries caused are generally very minor compared with a car. It is possible to be insured, but it is not mandatory. Being a member of Cycling UK the largest and oldest cycling charity in the UK gives all of it’s members 3rd party liability insurance in the case of accidents.
    It would be almost impossible and prohibitively expensive to register and license bicycles because as a zero emission vehicle vehicle excise duty would be zero so it would be a huge cost for very little benefit. There is also nowhere on a bicycle to place a number plate. Based on your assertion that people who use roads should be insured and licensed, this should, therefore also apply to horse riders as well? Where would we put the licence plate on an living animal?
    What is the right clothing? Most cyclists wear clothing that is appropriate for riding a bike. But I guess that you mean wearing hi-viz clothing and helmets. Did you know that you are just as likely to cause or be involved in a road traffic accident if you are a pedestrian as you are as a cyclist, so should we make all pedestrians wear appropriate clothing also, should we ban flip flops because people trip over in front of cars? Did you know that you inhale 10x as much pollution driving a car as riding a bicycle – so should we make all car drivers wear masks? Who does wearing appropriate clothing benefit? Cyclists are not stupid people and if wearing certain items makes their lives easier or safer then by default they will tend to do this anyway.
    What you are advocating is that bicycles should share roads with big heavy motorised vehicles and wear clothing to protect themselves, which is patently nonsense because there is nothing that could keep a cyclist safe when in a direct collision with a car or a lorry.
    What Cycle Enfield is proposing is to build segregated bicycle lanes so that bicycles no longer come into conflict with motorists and therefore, as in Holland, do not need special clothing to be seen or protect themselves. What will happen is that people of all ages and sexes will use the lovely safe bicycle lanes(instead of the mostly young male cyclists at the moment) and reduce the number of people using cars for very short local journeys which will actually reduce the numbers of cars and make journeys easier.
    I can only dream that we could do something so wonderful in Southampton

  5. Greg

    Enfield Council claims that the project will benefit the environment – improved air quality through less car use, a real problem in Enfield, especially since the council decided to install speed bumps everywhere (which increases fuel burnt and adds to the problem)

    My question is what work have the council done to back this theory up? There is a very real chance the lane could cause a lot of traffic, especially as cars will stack up behind the buses which frequently stop along the route. For such a big project surely they have done a lot of work looking at the impacts on AQ?


    1. Clare Rogers

      Hi Greg, and sorry I was slow to approve and reply to this comment! Yes, the council have looked at this and carried out an air quality assessment. This link will take you to the page which has a list of all the assessments for the A105 and includes air quality. My understanding is that they do expect a slight spike in pollution at busy junctions, but a lessening of pollution along the route. It all depends of course on take-up of the better cycling infrastructure, whether we get a cycling modal share of 2.5, 5 or 10% of journeys over time. My view is that however small the immediate impact on air quality, it’s a big step in the right direction to make safe space on the roads for a non-polluting form of transport. Thanks for commenting 🙂

      1. Greg

        Thanks for this info, I will take a look. I also have another question… One of the major causes leading to a low up take of cycle lanes seems to be the quality of the surface and how clean it is. Cars push rubber and other materials onto the lanes which without regular cleaning leads to punctures, putting cyclists off using the lanes. Good example down in Edmonton, near Lee Valley. The cycle lane is not maintained and is now hardly used.

        How does Enfield council aim to overcome this? Have they made arrangements for the regular upkeep of the lanes?

        Also what happens if the cycle lane does in fact fail to increase cycling in Enfield? Has the council considered the possibility it may not be used and do they have any contingency plans in place if this happens?


        1. Clare

          I’m just emailing the council as we speak about the maintenance issue, to ask what’s in place to keep the lane surfaces clear. We would also like to see the existing cycle paths, eg next to the A10, regularly swept as they don’t appear to be at present.

          As to your other question, you’d need to ask Cycle Enfield! But the research shows that the more miles of cycle lanes a city has, the more people cycle, and one study even shows a slight but measurable decrease in air pollution per mile of cycle network. I can’t put my hand on the study right now but tell me if you’re interested and I’ll have a look for it.

  6. Linda Howlett

    I don’t agree I was at Enfield town a couple of weeks ago and a group of youths on cycles were going up Enfield town past Pearsons the wrong way on one wheel I was very surprised that they did not go under a bus I think the bus driver could not believe what he was seeing. This is exactly what I am talking about they had no protection and the poor bus driver ?? who would have been have taken the blame for the youths going under the bus.There must be some rules to be put in place .
    All I here or see is the cyclist has right of way I’m sorry but a pedestrian has right of way and all these cycle lanes are ruining all the roads.Disable people cannot park outside there homes, safety when crossing the road has got so bad because they have taken away the islands
    .It seems to me that all rights have gone out the window if you do not ride a bike. I wait for the bus 3 morning a week at 7.30am and I see the same 3 cyclists whow what can I say (money not well spent).People with cars pay road tax shame on the council the bike lines are in better condition than the roads.

  7. Mark Hale

    I can’t believe how FEW comments there are on here!
    I drive a van, ride a bicycle, and a motorcycle, So I feel I have a very good grasp of road safety and traffic flow.
    The cycle lanes between Enfield Town and The north circular road at Palmers Green are an absolute joke.
    The cycle lane has taken up so much room at some points there is now not enough room for vehicles to get past cars that are turning right, especially at Uvedale Road and at Masons corner junction with Green Dragon Lane.
    The Bus stops now protrude into the road and the lane of traffic causing a hold up at every bus stop. There simply isn’t enough room for this cycle lane scheme.
    At some junctions coming onto Green Lanes and London Road the traffic has to give way at the cycle lane and then 4 metres further on at the edge of the main road !? Surely it would make more sense to give priority to the side road up as far as the edge of the main road and to have the give way markings on the cycle lane.
    The worst aspect of the whole thing is the ridiculous little plastic lumps along the length of some sections of the cycle lane. How long will it be before someone on a bicycle or motorcycle, who is unfamiliar with the road layout, or in poor visibility (light mist or fog), clips one of these lumps and is thrown off their bike?.
    In wet conditions these plastic lumps could be lethal.
    I’ve seen similar schemes on the south coast where a dedicated cycle lane has been constructed on each side of the road. The difference is that the roads are big, wide, avenues/boulevards that have enough space to accommodate everyone. This doesn’t alter the fact that not many people use them
    There isn’t enough room for this scheme on the A105.
    The point has been made elsewhere that it will help to join different areas and communities and help to revitalise the high streets. What utter nonsense! it doesn’t take a £30 million cycle lane to do that, it just need decent shops, with affordable rents


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