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Enfield Council wins £600,000 investment in cycling

Published Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Enfield Council has been awarded £600,000 of additional funding for new cycling projects.

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It is the first in a string of expected announcements of cycling funding to come from the Mayor of London’s new Vision for Cycling. 

The funding will be used to deliver more free cycle training to schools and residents, install new cycle stands across the borough and extend the ‘Safer Freight and Fleet’ action plan which will see Enfield Council vehicles fitted with safety features to help Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers see cyclists in their blind spots.

Many more HGV drivers will benefit from the ‘Safe Urban Driver Training’ that is currently operating in Enfield. 

 So far, 400 adults and 1,000 school children have taken advantage of free cycle training this year. Any person over the age of 10 that lives, works or studies in Enfield is entitled to this training, which is delivered on a one-to-one basis with a professional cycling instructor.

 The new cycle stands will include secure cycle parking for residents that live in flats and can’t store a bike at home.

Residents can visit the council’s website, where they can submit an application for a cycle parking space near their home, or places that they visit.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We’re thrilled at this announcement, as these projects will make it easier and safer for residents to cycle. Cycling is high on our agenda because it helps to cut congestion and it’s a great form of exercise which promotes a healthy lifestyle.

 “We hope this is the shape of things to come and it’s a good omen ahead of receiving the results of the larger Mini-Holland bid for a share of £100 million for a network of new cycle routes.

"We’ve got big plans for cycling in Enfield and its an exciting time to be a cyclist in this borough.”

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