£100m for outer boroughs

The Mayor will announce the winning boroughs of his flagship "mini-Holland" initiative later today. £100m is up for grabs by outer boroughs.

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Enfield plans complete redesign of town centre

These pictures give an idea of how Enfield will be transformed thanks to the Mayor's "mini Holland" cycling cash.

The town centre will be completely redesigned, with segregated superhighways linking key destinations.

Before: how Hertford Road looks now. Credit: Enfield Council.
After: the proposed re-design of Hertford Road. Credit: Enfield Council.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “The success of Enfield Council’s bid for Mini-Holland funding means we have attracted significant investment into our borough and this is a huge opportunity for us to revolutionise cycling.

"We are absolutely committed to improving our cycling network, transforming our town centres for residents and getting more people on their bikes and this investment will radically accelerate that process.

"The council has already delivered a wide range of schemes to improve cycling in Enfield and this funding from the Mayor of London will help the borough build on its previous successes and expand on them significantly.”

Waltham Forest's plans for cycle cash

The new junction planned for Whipps Cross. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.

Waltham Forest plans to build a new cycle superhighway on Lea Bridge Road and a "Dutch-style" roundabout at Whipps Cross.

The council also intends to create cycle-friendly low-traffic neighbourhoods.

One of the first two "Quietway" routes - direct and continuous routes on quiet back streets - will also run from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow.

Semi-segregated lanes are planned for Markhouse Road. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waltham Forest, said:

“We worked really hard to look at what we could do to improve the borough for cyclists and put forward some really quite radical plans.

"This huge injection of funding will mean we can reshape Waltham Forest for those that already cycle and those that have told us they want to cycle more. It will make a significant difference to the quality of life of our residents and others who cycle in Waltham Forest.”

The new-look gyratory by New Street Market. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.


Move significant numbers of suburban car journeys to bike

The Mayor wants to move significant numbers of car journeys to bike Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

The mini-Holland programme aims to significantly reduce suburban car journeys, which the Mayor says are often short and cycleable, and increase the number of journeys made on bike.

Each outer London borough was invited to submit proposals for:

A substantial redesign of the main town centre to make it genuinely excellent for cyclists

Redesigns of some of the secondary town centres

Addressing severance, where this is a problem: new cycle and pedestrian crossings of major roads, railway lines or waterways

A network of good cycle routes radiating out from the main town centre, and secondary centres to other parts of the borough, paralleling all the main local travel routes. Redesigns of problem junctions used by cyclists

At least one good commuter route from the borough to central London

Cycle superhubs at local railway stations

Mayor pleased about 'Going Dutch' ideas

It's fantastic that so many boroughs have embraced the idea of going Dutch. We've seen some really creative ideas - from a floating bicycle boardwalk to cycling super hubs - and they've all got huge potential to revolutionise how we get around on two wheels.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Plans include New York style 'High Line"

New York's converted raised railway line, now a park called The High Line Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Kingston are planning a New York "High Line" style public space, for pedestrians and cyclists, along the railway line and across the Thames, a new network of routes, a cycle boardwalk on the banks of the river and cars removed from part of central Kingston.

Enfield's plans include Introducing a Dutch style roundabout, with protected cycle lanes, in Edmonton Green, segregated routes along main roads and a "Cycle Superhub" in Enfield town centre.

Waltham Forest want a new cycle superhighway on Lea Bridge Road and a Dutch-style roundabout at Whipps Cross.

Enfield, Kingston & Waltham Forest share 100m

Mayor to deliver cycling vision

The Mayor wants local communities to be as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The Mayor, who has been working closely with all 32 London boroughs to deliver his cycling vision, will also outline details of the capital's first two Quietway routes, part of a wider network of radial and orbital cycling routes across London.

Eight boroughs have been shortlisted

Boris Johnson with his bicycle Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

The Mayor is set to announce the winning boroughs of his flagship "mini-Holland" initiative today.

The shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Kingston, Merton and Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.

100 million pounds will be invested to local communities and help make them as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents.

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