Cycle from Enfield to Haringey with Paul Smith
Paul Smith, Enfield resident, aged 50, is decribes himself as a "confident and competent cyclist". He regularly cycles around the borough as the quickest way to get from A to B, although he admits that he wouldn't be happy for his children to cycle on local roads, there is too much traffic.
Paul takes us down the A105 (Green Lanes), from Enfield to Haringey, by attaching a small camera to his helmet. The cycle ride takes place on a Friday morning, around 8.30am, which he says is quieter than half an hour earlier, or half an hour later when the businesses en route are open.
To quote Paul " if you have 18 minutes and don't mind the shaky camera work, then you can watch the whole journey, in real-time, with commentary by me, on YouTube.
The precis is that this is a route with real potential as a cycle route but it's let down by a road layout that could be greatly improved. We need to be getting people 'on their bike' along these key routes, so that cycling because a safe, fast option for many more journeys in the borough. I an a competent and confident cyclist but I would not recommend this route for a child or someone who is nervous. And that's a pity because the A105 is a wide road and has real potential as a route for cyclists. Already, I see more cyclists using this route and so people are ready to get on their bikes, they just need a road layout that helps make the journey safer and quicker.
The recurring themes throughout my journey are parked cars, stationary traffic and junctions. Starting off from Enfield, parked cars along London Road and Village Road immediately force me out into traffic. There's plenty of space to have all the parking on one side of the road and then the extra lane could be used to provide clear cycle ways".
So that's Enfield to Haringey, a route with great potential for cyclists if the Enfield council has the guts to bite the bullet and get stuck in. In the past, Enfield council has given back monies intended to improve cycling in the borough but let's keep the pressure on and ensure they don't do so again.
What do you think?
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If you don't have time to watch the video, Paul summarises the cycle ride on his website, www.pauldsmith.org.uk
Paul Smith gives you a cyclist view of the A105 (Green Lanes) from Enfield to Harringey.