Last Friday saw the long-awaited completion of the most significant junction in the Cycle Enfield A105 scheme – the Ridge Avenue/Church Street intersection, next to Ridge Avenue Library. It’s not completely finished in every detail, but it’s operational – and that means waving goodbye to those temporary traffic lights with their inevitable queues of cars. Plus, it looks great.
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.
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 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.
This week in Enfield our hearts have been broken. We’re shocked and saddened by all the deaths on London’s roads; but especially by the death of 30-year-old Anita Szucs, killed in a hit-and-run while cycling home on a residential road in Edmonton.
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.
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.
For those of us in Enfield campaigning for people-friendly streets, it was heartening to hear that an attempt to take the council to court over its Cycle Enfield scheme has failed.
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
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.
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.
Cycle Enfield’s revised A105 plans were exhibited last month at Palmers Green library. Here at last is a round-up of our views on the changes: