Mini Holland The Facts: what it could mean for the businesses along Green Lanes

on Friday, 25 April 2014. Posted in N21 Community

Mini Holland/Cycle Enfield Update

 

Enfield Council has now rebranded its Mini Holland project under the Cycle Enfield banner, which encompasses a number of other bike related initiatives, from cycling lessons to children, summer cycling events and a bike loan scheme.

 

Liam Mulrooney, the Council's Group Leader Traffic, Road Safety & Parking has provided a brief update on the next steps for the Proposals.

 

* The Council is in the process of collecting traffic survey data to assist with the preparation of preliminary designs for the Cycle Enfield proposals.

 

* When the preliminary designs are finalised, there will be an extensive consultation with all residents and businesses in the vicinity of roads affected by the proposals. The consultation in relation to Green Lanes is expected to begin in November.

 

* A report that recommends the setting up of the Partnership Board will be presented to Cabinet in July and a Partnership Board will be established, to allow a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the project. Including local business groups, residents associations, Enfield Disability Action, local Councillors and representatives and cycling groups. and we expect to hold the first meeting in September, after the summer holiday period.

 

* "The design that accompanied our Cycle Enfield (Mini Holland) bid was only conceptual in nature and will change as detailed design and consultation progresses".

 

 



Comments (6)

  • Bill Linton

    Bill Linton

    25 April 2014 at 17:56 |
    I can understand the fear of business owners that the Mini-Holland scheme will reduce their footfall - in an already difficult climate that could spell disaster. But I think their fears are groudless. Such evidence as there is (unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much) suggests strongly that business owners hugely overestimate the importance of carborne customers and underestimate the importance of pedestrians and cyclists.

    Most important seems to be the general ambience of the area - is it welcoming? Parked cars detract from rather than add to this. Cyclists spend more, at least per square foot of road space devoted to them, than car drivers.

    Take a look at these 3 links from the US/Canada - very different environments to Green Lanes it is true, but at least food for thought:

    http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/how-montreal-built-a-bike-lane-by-debunking-fears-of-autoparkolypse

    http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/3-reasons-portland-retailers-have-embraced-bike-parking

    http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/streets-with-scarce-auto-parking-are-the-best-places-to-remove-auto-parking

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  • Helena S

    Helena S

    28 April 2014 at 13:13 |
    It’s impossible to park anywhere around here now…. The bike lanes are next to useless as they stop…. I cycle but unless they change the whole of London it is pointless having a cycle lane that is ultimately going to throw you back on the road!

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  • George T

    George T

    28 April 2014 at 13:43 |
    even though I am a regular cyclist and have taken part in long distance charity rides I do not agree with what Enfield Council is proposing to do in Green Lanes

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  • nellie

    nellie

    30 April 2014 at 19:51 |
    This is too ridiculous for words, it must be a joke

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  • Chris Clark

    Chris Clark

    02 May 2014 at 15:56 |
    I am a resident of Winchmore Hill and was interested to hear the proposed plans which are not clearly outlined for the general public ,so thanks.
    I do agree that the plan as outlined in your email would kill off any businesses even more than the traffic restrictions did a few years ago.

    To cut parking would further limit my ability to perform the activities that are necessary on a daily basis- access to the postoffice, local shops, beauty salon,charity shops(which I use a lot)Residents in the surrounding roads would be caught up in gridlock with people trying to find a parking slot which may of us already experience either through living near Green Lanes or near one of the stations.
    The current restrictions by the council have already alienated the community and this ridiculous proposal would mean our current communities would become extinct.
    I would support better routes being developed for cyclists but not in the Holland fashion(which I have experienced) which positively excludes pedestrians and pedestrian safety. How about Broad Walk as an alternative - nice and wide and no shops to interfere with?

    I really think you should NOT use the acronym MAMIL in your campaign.It is petty and unhelpful and excludes other cyclists many of whom are female,and it put my back up even though I am in agreement with the general campaign.As the propose funds have already been earmarked I do think there needs to be a careful balance of protesting against something the is likely to be counterproductive in the form proposed and considering positive ways in which this funding could be used.

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  • Susie Cope

    Susie Cope

    03 May 2014 at 10:09 |
    we live in Station Road, it is already clogged with parked cars, if people can't park in Green Lanes it will be a nightmare

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