The Enfield Cycling Campaign and We Support Enfield Mini Holland residents group have sent the following letter to the Mayor of London in response to David Burrows MP factually inaccurate letter calling for a halt to the Mini Holland programme.
Letter from We Support Enfield MH Mar 2016
Only 3% of the Borrows’ constituents actually filled in his survey to oppose the scheme.
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.
Enfield Town as it is now
And how it could be
Click on these for a direct link to the consultations : Enfield Town Consultation and Southbury Road Consultation
Read on for our response to the Enfield Town consultation: Continue reading
Cycle Enfield are holding exhibitions on the latest proposals for the A105 (including Green Lanes).
They will be at The Fox pub, Palmers Green, at these times:
Try to get to them if you can and make your views known!
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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Would you welcome safer cycling in Palmers Green?
Come to the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival on your bike! – 12 noon on Saturday 5 July
Enfield Cycling Campaign are organising a short cycle ride along Green Lanes in Palmers Green during the Shopping Carnival on Saturday 5 July. We will meet at 12 noon on the junction of Green Lanes and Compton Road in Winchmore Hill. The idea of the ride is to:
◾Celebrate Enfield’s success in winning the Mini Holland bid to create safe space for cycling
◾Show our support for cycle lanes on Palmers Green high street
◾Encourage shopkeepers on Green Lanes that they will not lose business if some parking is replaced by cycle lanes.
People can also shop by bike! Some shopkeepers oppose the Mini Holland scheme, but research in the UK and abroad shows that cycling facilities boost business in the long run. We aim to reassure our local traders on Saturday 5 July by doing a bit of shopping by bike: a cycle ‘cash mob’! Please come if you support safer cycling for you and your children. Cycling should be for everyone. Come even if you don’t normally cycle – and bring your friends and your children and your friend’s children and your children’s friends and your granny and your mother-in-law. Oh, and your bike!
Any questions? Contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.