Why Cycle Enfield?

It’s about a #BetterEnfield for everyone.

  • It’s about transforming our high streets & town centres.
  • It’s about promoting more active forms of travel which will improve our health. 
  • It’s about creating safe and secure cycle routes for everyone.

Benefits of Cycling

Investment in cycling can bring a range of benefits to the whole community, whether you cycle or not. Chris Boardman MBE (Olympic Gold Medallist turned cycling campaigner) visited Enfield and in this short film explains why Cycle Enfield can make a #BetterEnfield.

Watch our other Cycle Enfield films

Some of our FAQs

Is there enough people cycling to justify spending this money?

Enfield Council understands that there are currently very low levels of cycling in the Borough.  In-fact we think this is one of the reasons why Enfield was successful in securing this external investment from TfL. However, we know from our survey of Enfield residents (we asked 3,516 people across the borough) that the number one thing that the council could do to increase cycling is to create safe cycling routes. With new cycling lanes, and a range of other measures in place (cycle training, bike maintenance) we plan to significantly increase the number of people who cycle some of their local journeys.

Shouldn’t any money spent on Cycle Enfield be spent on other council services?

The money spent on Cycle Enfield comes from the Transport for London cycling budget, it is not possible for Enfield Council to spend this money on other council services. It is anticipated that implementing our Cycle Enfield proposals across the entire borough will cost approximately £42m over 4 years.  The significant majority of this funding comes from the successful ‘Mini Holland’ bid which secured £30m from the Mayors of London cycling budget. A further £7.7m is funding that Enfield would always have received from TfL to contribute towards transport improvement programmes.  A further £1.5m will be received from Network Rail and £1m gathered as developer contributions.

Why have you chosen routes on main roads?

We need to ensure our routes connect the places that people want to travel to on a daily basis (shops, train stations etc) and they should be accessible and feel safe at all times of day and night. Other quieter routes are also part of the overall Cycle Enfield network. Like any transport system, the network should be made up of quieter smaller routes, connecting to major routes that enable direct and convenient travel. The New River route was investigated as an option and whilst some areas could be suitable for leisure routes, it would not provide a consistent route to help people get to our town centres (there would also be a range of land ownership and access issues with a New River route).

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