Borough submits bold bicycle plan

By Jim Dunton - Wed 18 December 2013, 1:31 pm

Enfield has submitted a bid for a share of a £100 million pot aimed at boosting cycling connections between the capital's outer boroughs and central London.

As Opportunity Enfield reported in September, the borough is now one of eight authorities shortlisted to be among three or four “mini-Holland” areas, where funding allocations will pay for new cyclist-friendly infrastructure.

Enfield’s plans include creating protected cycle tracks along the A1010 Hertford Road and A105 Green Lanes; changing traffic routing in Enfield Town to make it more pro-bike; and redesigning the Edmonton Green roundabout with a Dutch design to separate cyclists from other vehicles.

Other elements of the bid are the introduction of a network of “quietway” routes on lesser-used, slower roads, and the provision of cycle hubs and other improvements at stations so that commuters can store their bikes more safely.

Chris Bond, the council's environment lead, said the mini-Holland programme was a “huge opportunity” for the borough to attract significant investment.

"Our officers have been working with consultants from the Netherlands to bring best practice to Enfield from around the world,” he said.

“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.

London mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London is expected to make its final choices about which boroughs to select early in 2014.

Merton, Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Newham, Waltham Forest and Richmond are the other boroughs competing for the cash.