Borough lands £600k pedal-power boost

By Jim Dunton - Fri 31 January 2014, 11:30 am

Enfield Council has been awarded £600,000 to fund new cycling projects in the borough, in the first of a string of expected pedal-power wins.

The authority said the award, which is part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s new Vision for Cycling, would be used to deliver more free cycle training to schools, install new cycle stands across the borough, and pay for extra safety features for council-owned heavy-goods vehicles.

The new cycle stands will include secure cycle-parking for residents who live in flats and cannot store a bike inside their properties.

Councillor Chris Bond, Enfield’s environment lead, said the projects set for funding would make it easier and safer for residents to cycle.

“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,” he said.

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

As Opportunity Enfield reported last month, the borough is one of eight now shortlisted for a significant financial boost from the Mini-Holland pot.

Its funding bid proposes the creation of new protected cycling tracks and the bike-friendly redesign of Edmonton Green roundabout.