CYCLE ENFIELD STORY
The North Middlesex University Hospital has been serving the local community for over a century. It is one of London’s busiest acute hospitals, serving more than 350,000 people living in Enfield and Haringey and surrounding areas.
North Middlesex University Hospital provides a full range of adult, elderly and children’s services across medical and surgical disciplines. Specialist services include stroke, HIV/AIDS, cardiology (including heart failure care), haematology, diabetes, sleep studies, fertility and orthopaedics. Their sickle cell and thalassaemia department is nationally recognised as a leading centre for these diseases.
The hospital sees approximately 500 patients in A&E daily; 15 babies are born in their maternity unit; 450 inpatients are cared for on their wards, whilst 50 patients have major or minor surgery in one of their 10 operating theatres.
Director of Strategic Development
“ I think Enfield Council’s proposed measures and schemes are very courageous. They want to transform the borough into an environment where children can grow up experiencing the bicycle as the most natural, affordable and pleasant way of getting from A to B ”
I cycle from Stoke Newington to the hospital, which is about 5 miles.
It takes about half an hour, in the morning rush hour it takes five minutes longer. These are the only half-hour windows where I won’t look at emails!
I cycle to work because it gives me an hour of exercise each day so I don’t need to go to a boring gym. I am in control and I don’t feel like cattle, in contrast to commuting on the train or by car. Cycling allows me to let my thoughts wander aimlessly; it is almost like a form of meditation. When I arrive at home I have left work and it’s worries behind. I have commuted the same way for 14 years. I have seen kids growing up, fellow cyclists greet me who I see every day, and I am, for a fleeting second, a participant all the different communities between Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, West Green, Tottenham and Edmonton.
I think Enfield Council’s proposed measures and schemes are very courageous. They want to transform the borough into an environment where children can grow up experiencing the bicycle as the most natural, affordable and pleasant way of getting from A to B. The schemes are well chosen and strike a good balance for all street users. It would be good to make more use of back roads too and have a very obvious and visible connection to all the green spaces around. Enfield is a diverse borough, so it is important that cycling is not seen as the privilege of white middle class young men but as an attractive transport option for people from all walks of life, ages, cultures and genders. I think more needs to be done to overcome prejudice against cycling amongst our immigrant populations where car ownership (we’re talking big cars here) is still seen as the outer sign of wealth and wellbeing, and cycling as a sign of poverty.
I can envisage a future Enfield where cycling is the default to get from home to school and work, to and from local shops, to meet friends and into the surrounding parks. Once Enfield citizens have realised this is a more pleasant way to get around, they will enjoy living here more than before.
“ We have too many cars. We are all not fit enough, cycling needs to be made safer, and the world needs to be greener. ”
I cycle from Muswell Hill to work in all weathers.
It takes me 20 minutes to get to work and 25 minutes when I am returning home because I have to go up Muswell Hill!
I arrive at work with a smile on my face and have no stress from traffic. The time it takes is totally predictable and I get fit. I don’t need to pay for the gym and have more spare time because I do not have to go to one.
I fully support more effort by all agencies to encourage cycling. We have too many cars. We are all not fit enough, cycling needs to be made safer, and the world needs to be greener. What more drive is needed? It is fun to cycle!
“ I cycle to work because it is cheaper than a vehicle and it’s quicker than any other form of transport. It keeps me fit and it is a good way of feeling “alive” when getting to work, and “unwinding” on the way home from work. ”
I cycle from Alexandra Palace to the hospital. It takes me an average of 13 minutes but sometimes I’ll take a longer route, which is 25 minutes.
I cycle to work because it is cheaper than a vehicle and it’s quicker than any other form of transport. It keeps me fit and it is a good way of feeling “alive” when getting to work, and “unwinding” on the way home from work.
There needs to be more space for cycling to encourage people to take up commuting and also weekend cycling. We need to create more spaces for children to be able to cycle away from main roads but that allows them to develop their confidence on a bike – including particularly signalling and being aware of others including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
Alice, Southbury - Attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Clem attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Karen attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Deputy Geography Teacher at Enfield Grammar School