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Cycle training ramps up in the new year

Published Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Enfield Council is ramping up training activities for the community throughout 2015 under its Cycle Enfield's training programme at a number of schools throughout 2015.

Schools' cycle training will take place over the coming months at West Grove, Chesterfield and Houndsfield Schools and this will be supported by a whole host of other projects including new cycle safety courses for Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers to reduce the number of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured on the borough's roads.

Enfield Council will also be running more 'Dr Bike' support sessions and offering 'build-a-bike' courses to secondary schools where pupils can put together pieces of old bikes to make their own custom mean machines..

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "We want to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes, and these cycle training courses will give people the confidence and the ability to do that.

"These sessions are about giving people the skills to take advantage of the £30 million Cycle Enfield project we are embarking on over the coming years, it's an exciting time for cycling in this borough and we want as many people as possible to come on the journey with us."

The Cycle Enfield project aims to transform cycling in Enfield by providing a network of cycle routes including protected cycle lanes on some main roads and routes through parks and quieter streets.

Town centres will be rejuvenated with improvements to paving, pedestrian facilities and street furniture as well as provision for safer and easier cycling.

Secure on-street cycle parking and cycle 'hubs' where people can get their bikes fixed, buy a recycled bike or park it securely at the station will also be provided to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to travel around the borough.

At the end of March 2014, the Council was notified by Transport for London (TfL) that it was one of three outer London Council's selected to receive up to £30 million of Mini-Holland funding from the Mayor of London. Enfield's project is called Cycle Enfield.

Forthcoming work on the project will include carrying out parking, loading and town centre surveys in Enfield Town and along Green Lanes - London Road.

The council's business case for the project was approved by TfL in November, releasing funding of £8 million for design and construction in 2015/16 and Cycle Enfield Partnership Board meetings started in January to shape the delivery of the project.

The project has its own website and Facebook page  and Twitter feed @Cycleenfield where you can keep up with all the cycling activities Enfield already provides.

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