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Enfield's ambition for better cycling facilities

Published Friday, 13 December 2013

Enfield Council has submitted its bid to the Mayor of London, for a share of £100 million of funding, as part of an ambitious plan to make the capital more cycle friendly.

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Enfield was one of eight councils shortlisted along with Merton, Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Merton, Newham, Waltham Forest and Richmond by Transport for London (TfL) for 'Mini Holland' funding earlier this year.

The bumper £100 million pot, was open to all outer London boroughs to bid for competitively.

Enfield Council proposals to make cycling safer and more attractive for residents include:
• The creation of protected cycle tracks along the A1010 (Hertford Road) and the A105 (Green Lanes) so that children from more than 40 schools in and around the area can cycle confidently to school
• Change traffic routing in Enfield Town to create a cycle hub to encourage all modes if traffic to exist safely together whilst enjoying the shopping experience in Enfield
• 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 a comprehensive network of cycle routes across Enfield and
• Providing cycle hubs and other improvements at stations so commuters can store their bikes securely.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and TfL will decide which boroughs will receive a share of the million funding in early 2014. It is expected that three or four boroughs will share the winnings.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “This is a huge opportunity for Enfield and we’ve put a great deal of work into our bid to maximise our chances of attracting significant investment to the borough.

"Our officers have been working with consultants from the Netherlands to bring best practise to Enfield from around the world.

“This money would help us revolutionise cycling in Enfield and significantly accelerate the rate at which we can improve our cycling network and transform our town centres for residents.

“We want to get more people on their bikes because it will get people out of their cars and help reduce congestion, cut competition for parking spaces, improve air quality and help people keep fit and healthy.”

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