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FAQs

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General Questions

What are the aims of Cycle Enfield?

There are two key aims for Cycle Enfield:

To help get more people cycling.

To enable more journeys to be made by bicycle.

Currently only 0.7% of journeys are by bicycle in Enfield. We would like to increase this figure towards 5% by 2020.

How will I be consulted?

In addition to the recent series of exhibitions, there will further opportunity over the Summer to comment on some more detailed designs. We will then have a series of formal consultations that will focus on each of the major routes. The first one of these is the A105 route and this formal consultation will start following the summer exhibitions.

As part of this formal consultation, all households in the vicinity of the major routes and businesses along the route will receive information through their letterbox explaining the consultation process. However, residents and businesses across the Borough will be able to participate in the consultation process.

Timetable

What’s the overall timetable?

Work is ongoing for the Enfield Town to Meridan Water quietway, and this is scheduled to open towards the end of this year. Our work on developing the network of Greenways will also be ongoing over the next five years.

Consultations on the major schemes will take place as follows:

– A105 – public consultation, starting summer 15

– A110 East / West (including Enfield Town) – public consultation, starting autumn 15

– Southern A1010 – public consultation, starting winter 15

– Northern A1010 – public consultation, starting spring 16

The intention is to implement all the final designs by the end of 2017.

Routes

Why don’t you use alternative parallel routes rather than passing through the town centres?

The proposed Cycle Enfield upgrades are aimed at better connecting the different parts of our community, forming a coherent network, linking up our high streets and town centres and all the key amenities that they offer. Whilst routes on quiet roads are part of the proposals, we also want to create safe, direct and convenient cycle lanes along some of our main road routes. New routes should be designed to enable the future residents of Enfield, of all ages, to be able to choose to cycle some of their journeys should they wish to do so.

Cycle Enfield presents a significant opportunity to improve the public realm within Enfield’s town centres and high streets. This will be to the benefit of the whole community, irrespective of how people get there. However, it should be noted that Transport for London will only approve enhancements to our public realm which includes transformational improvements for cycling. If the cycle routes keep to quieter roads, we would be unable to deliver public realm improvements at town centres.

Why do you think a cycling super highway is right for Enfield?

We don’t. We want to build a network of cycle lanes that connect the different parts of our community. So that if people wish, they can choose to cycle from one town center (e.g. Palmers Green) to another (e.g. Winchmore Hill). This is about another transport choice to connect the community.

Design Issues

What will happen to parking on the main road routes?

We are reviewing this in detail, with the help of surveys of current activity. There will be a variety of solutions, depending on circumstances- in general the aim is to remove parking only when it will compromise safety of cyclists or other traffic. Some solutions include:

– Retain parking, with cycle facilities running alongside.

– Parking provided on the side roads and/or off-street.

– ‘staggered’ provision of parking on either side of the road

How will businesses be able to load?

We understand that loading is critical for businesses to function. Therefore, the guiding design principle is to try and maintain the loading provision that currently exists. Linked to this, is the continued need for both elderly and disabled residents to be able to access local businesses. All of these requirements will need to be considered during the design phase.

How will residents access their drives if they live on one of the main road routes?

If light segregation is used, in the form of armadillos, then these can be spaced so as not to interfere with drives. If a kerb is used, these can be lowered to accommodate drives.

How will bus stops work?

These can be treated in a number of ways depending on the footway and carriageway widths available. We will consider lay-bys and in-carriageway stops, which currently exist on the corridor, with a cycle lane passing on the off-side of the bus stop, as shown in some of the cross-sections.  Where boarding an alighting is low and space is available we can consider a ‘bus stop by-pass’ which allows cyclists to pass round the back of the bus stop, with space for pedestrians to stand (the bus stop by-passes are more likely on the A1010 and A110 than Green Lanes).

As a parent I would not be comfortable letting my children cycling on some of these roads?

We hope to significantly increase the level of cycling across the borough.  Our aim is to make these roads as safe as possible for cyclists of all abilities and ages, preferably by segregating cyclist from traffic and having safer facilities for cyclists at junctions.

We will pay particular attention to safety on routes to/from schools, and we will establish good links to the other quiet cycles routes (Greenways) for those who wish to avoid the higher traffic routes.

What are Greenways and how do these relate to the main road routes?

Greenways are routes that can be shared by cyclists and pedestrians and run through parks, along towpaths or quiet roads. Where they cross busy main roads safe crossing facilities will be provided.

Miscellaneous

How does Cycle Enfield link to the Quieter Neighbourhood initiative?

The Quieter Neighbourhoods initiative is about making residential areas safer to walk and cycle around. We will be working with local residents to find out what their concerns are and how we can best reduce speeds and through traffic. As well as making residential roads safer and more pleasant it will also make it easier to cycle from your home to the nearest designated cycle route.

Why are you investing in cycling schemes when there are very few cyclists in Enfield?

The council believes that increasing cycling in Enfield is important to improve the health of residents, offer more travel choice and improve sustainability in the borough. All the evidence shows that there is huge potential for cycling in the borough – data shows that nearly 80% of car trips in Enfield are of cycleable length – if only a small proportion of these are made by bike, it will transform cycling in the borough.

Won’t more cyclists mean more cycle accidents?

The facilities proposed are aimed at segregating where possible cyclists from other traffic which should make cycling a lot safer – in addition we are introducing signed routes on quieter roads (Greenways) as alternatives to busy roads. All of the proposals will undergo a ‘safety audit’ process, and there will information campaigns on cycling safety.