Tour of Enfield May 2019

Neil Webster (London Cycling Campaign Trustee, Sutton school governor), and Charles Martin (LCC member) visited Enfield on 20 May 2019 to attend a guided tour hosted by the Enfield Cycling Campaign.

Much progress has been made, and continues to be made, on the transformative cycling landscape in this mini-Holland borough. Not everything is perfect yet, and there are still challenges to overcome. However, this is all part of the process, and it would have been extremely surprising if everything had immediately fallen into place (especially consider the starting point typical of an outer London borough).

Of particular note were the many semi-segregated cycle lanes that had been installed (notably along the A105 and A1010). Images, courtesy of Google Streetview, show the before and after implementation, and help to illustrate how easily these semi-segregated cycle lanes can be delivered (see Figures 1 to 4).

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Figure 1: View in August 2012 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
No formal crossing point, no dedicated space for cycling.

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Figure 2: View in April 2016 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
A formal crossing point facilitated by a centre island (with the inclusion of a centre lane for right-hand turn into garage forecourt – largely unnecessary and only there to ensure smooth traffic flow), and still no dedicated space for cycling.

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Figure 3: View in May 2018 looking north along London Road (A105), just south of Walsingham Road, Enfield (Google Streetview).
A formal crossing point facilitated by a zebra crossing, and dedicated space for cycling.

The ‘A105 Statutory Consultation drawings (July 2016)’ documentation for the A105 scheme contain detailed information of the interventions as proposed in the summer of 2016. Page two of this documentation (full documentation available here) is reproduced in Figure 4. The zebra crossing seen in the figures above is one of the two zebra crossings included in this drawing (to the right). A detail from page two (‘example cross section’) is reproduced in Figure 5.

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Figure 4: Extract from ‘A105 Statutory Consultation drawings (July 2016)’, London Road
Cycle Enfield (July 2016)

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Figure 5: Detail ‘Example Cross Section’ from ‘A105 Statutory Consultation drawings (July 2016)’, London Road
Cycle Enfield (July 2016)

It is important, now, for Enfield’s officers, planners and councillors to proactively engage with their counterparts across London (or, preferably, the other way around as this would show willing). The sooner that best practice can be shared (and acted upon) the better. This is all about learning how certain difficulties are overcome, knowing what works and what does not. It would also be great if we can capture the thoughts of those who may have been objectors to the schemes initially, but who now, post-implementation, actually quite like the outcome.

Our thanks are extended to LCC Trustees for arranging the tour, and to Paul Findlow of the Enfield Cycling Campaign for his informative  The Cycle Enfield website provides extensive information on the Enfield mini-Holland project.

v1: 09.03.2020

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