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Bicycle scheme boost

Published Monday, 09 September 2013

Enfield Council has qualified for the final round of Boris Johnson’s £100 million competition to make London boroughs as cycle friendly as cities in the Netherlands.

Enfield was one of six councils shortlisted along with Merton, Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Merton and Newham by Transport for London (TfL) for 'Mini Holland' funding. The £100 million pot, announced earlier this year was open to all outer London boroughs to bid for competitively.

The proposals drawn up by Enfield Council plan to make cycling safer and more attractive for residents by creating a protected cycle track along Hertford Road for children from the 16 schools in and around the road to cycle to school, redesigning the Edmonton Green roundabout, using a Dutch style design to keep bicycles and motor vehicles separate, introducing a network of “quietway” routes along low traffic, low speed roads to provide safer cycling routes across Enfield and providing cycling hubs and other improvements at stations so commuters can ride to them and store their bikes securely.

The council will receive £25,000 funding to provide extra detail on these proposals, which need to be submitted by Friday 29 November. The Mayor of London and TfL will decide which boroughs will receive a share of the £100 million funding early next year.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Enfield Council works incredibly hard to encourage different modes of transport in this borough and we are really keen to get as many people using their bikes as possible by providing a network of well maintained, safe and accessible cycling routes across the borough.

“Obtaining a share of £100 million would help us revolutionise cycling in Enfield and accelerate the rate at which we improve our cycling network and transform our town centres for our residents.  Encouraging more people to cycle will reduce congestion, mean less competition for parking spaces, improve air quality and help people to keep fit and healthy.”

To find out more about cycling visit the Cycle Enfield webpage.

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