Smarter looking high streets, with more planting and new spaces to enjoy
Great places to do business, more people visiting, staying longer and shopping more
Creating places accessible by public transport, walking, car and cycling
3,000+ Enfield pupils at schools with nitrogen dioxide pollution above permitted levels
Enfield has the third highest level of child obesity in London. Obesity costs the NHS in Enfield over £80m a year
Helping to improve health and well-being by promoting walking and cycling
Safe cycle routes was the top answer when residents were asked what would encourage them to cycle more
Using a network of major roads and quieter streets makes travel by bike convenient
Reducing short car journeys eases pressure on our roads
Investment in cycling brings a range of benefits to the whole community, whether you cycle or not. Olympic Gold Medallist and cycling campaigner Chris Boardman MBE explains why Cycle Enfield can make a #BetterEnfield.
We know that historically there are very low levels of cycling in the Borough. This is one of the reasons why Enfield was successful in its bid for this investment from TfL. We also know from our survey of over 3,500 Enfield residents that the number one thing the council could do to increase cycling is to create safe cycling routes. We plan to increase significantly the number of people who cycle some of their local journeys with our new lanes and a range of other measures such as cycle training and guided rides.
The money spent on Cycle Enfield comes from the dedicated TfL cycling budget, so it is not possible for Enfield Council to spend this money on other council services or it would have to be returned. It is anticipated that the entire scheme will cost approximately £42m over 4 years. The significant majority of this comes from the successful ‘Mini Holland’ bid for £30m from the Mayor of London’s cycling budget. £7.7m is funding that we would always have received from TfL for transport improvement programmes. A further £1.5m will be received from Network Rail and £1m from private developers.
Our routes connect the places that people want to travel to on a daily basis such as shops and train stations. They should also be accessible and feel safe at all times of day and night. Other quieter routes are also part of the overall network. The network will be made up of quieter smaller routes connecting to major routes that enable direct, convenient travel. The New River route was investigated and along with land ownership and access issues, it wouldn’t provide a consistent route to help people get to our town centres although some areas are suitable for leisure routes.