Sadiq Khan - Stop TfL from imposing an unworkable cycle lane scheme on Enfield
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Transport for London and Enfield Council want to inflict a catastrophically ill-planned cycle lane scheme on Enfield, in North London. They say that it would “transform our high streets and town centres, improve our health and create safe and secure cycle lane routes for everyone”.
The first phase of the scheme along the A105 (Green Lanes, Ridge Avenue, Village Road, Park Avenue, London Road), from Enfield Town to Palmers Green has been approved by TfL.
We want to stop Enfield Council from bulldozing through this scheme, in the face of overwhelming opposition from the majority of residents, businesses, the nine churches along the route and numerous community and business groups.
The Council have said that it is “It’s about more than cycle lanes”. Please read what is being proposed and see if you agree that this scheme would disadvantage the vast majority of the local population.
What is being proposed?
The two metre wide cycle lanes would run along both sides of a busy main road, through local shopping centres and residential areas.
* This would lead to increased congestion and thus pollution. These risks are being ignored, even though they have been identified by the Council’s consulting engineers.
* Bus lanes would disappear; more traffic lights would be introduced; traffic would no longer be able to pass vehicles turning right at several junctions and buses would hold up other traffic by stopping in the only traffic lane to allow passengers to get on and off.
* At 22 bus stops passengers would have to use a section of pavement (called a “bus boarder”) which would also be part of the cycle lane cycle to get on and off buses. Since elderly people, young families with buggies and school children account for a large proportion of our local bus usage, this is a major concern.
* These roads would become more dangerous for pedestrians. Whilst some new zebra crossings are planned, many traffic islands would disappear. Many of these are located in heavily used sections of the road, in our local high streets, outside churches, a large dance school and retirement flats.
* Residents and businesses would lose parking spaces which are currently heavily used by people going about their daily lives. Mini cabs would no longer be able to drop off elderly people, some with disabilities, at GP surgeries, hairdressers, community centres etc.
* Deliveries and collection of goods would become difficult or impossible for many businesses along the route.
* Enfield Council’s economic consultants have told the Council that the scheme would NOT “transform our high streets” in any positive way; indeed they say it could lead to fewer shoppers and people using restaurants and takeaways and could put many businesses at risk.
* Neighbouring routes would become rat runs.
* Emergency service response times would take longer.
TfL and Enfield Council have refused to consider an alternative route.
Save Our Green Lanes campaign group are urging the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan to halt this highly unpopular scheme. Before the election he reassured our campaign group that "the needs of local residents affected by the cycle schemes must be paramount. It must be a workable scheme that takes into account the needs of disabled users among others”.
If you believe that local councils should be accountable to their residents, please sign this petition and circulate to your local friends and neighbours.
Thank you for your support!
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Mayor of London
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Greater London Authority
More information can be found at saveourgreenlanes.co.uk
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