Tour d'Enfield concludes this week as council claims scheme has got more people on bikes

This Is Local London: The plans to convert the borough into a ‘mini-Holland’ have attracted criticism from those who say the new road layouts would remove parking bays and kill off the high street The plans to convert the borough into a ‘mini-Holland’ have attracted criticism from those who say the new road layouts would remove parking bays and kill off the high street

A festival of cycling will conclude this week when more than 2,000 children take part in the final leg of the Tour d’Enfield.

Children aged between eight to 11 have been taking part in the borough-wide event across eight parks hosting activities including cycling, skateboard slaloms and trick parks.

Each session was available to up to 250 children and the scheme will conclude on Friday at Enfield Town Park.

The scheme, organised by Enfield Council, comes as part of a £30million investment from the Mayor of London aimed at increasing the numbers of people using bikes across the borough.

But plans to convert the borough into a ‘mini-Holland’ have attracted criticism from people who say changes to road layouts would remove parking bays and kill the high street.

Councillor Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This series of events is successful in so many ways. Children are getting great exercise, learning to cycle and understanding road safety.

“In March Enfield Council was awarded up to £30 million from the Mayor of London for a Mini-Holland project to improve Enfield’s cycling network and town centres for residents and to get more people on their bikes.

“For Enfield this is the ‘Age of the Bike’, and the ‘Tour d'Enfield’ is a big part of it as new generations gain the confidence and skill to cycle on safer routes that we shall create in our borough and to enjoy our open spaces.”

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6:17am Tue 17 Jun 14

mark220 says...

I what get on a bike this days you see all over the news that to mean are killed so if you reading this post what addict I will no say get to a bike keep save and walk everywhere or use the bus as much as you can
I what get on a bike this days you see all over the news that to mean are killed so if you reading this post what addict I will no say get to a bike keep save and walk everywhere or use the bus as much as you can mark220
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9:00am Tue 17 Jun 14

Enfieldian14 says...

mark220 wrote:
I what get on a bike this days you see all over the news that to mean are killed so if you reading this post what addict I will no say get to a bike keep save and walk everywhere or use the bus as much as you can
Unfortauntely, you are ill informed. Cycling is safe if a rider takes the time to learn how to ride and understand the rules of the road. There are a number of cycle paths and so will be more.

The main reason cyclists get killed is because they sit down the side of left turning lorries. This results in them getting crushed. NEVER ride down the side of a high sided vehicle.

You can keep your overpriced, late running, packed buses. I'll ride my bike, thanks.
[quote][p][bold]mark220[/bold] wrote: I what get on a bike this days you see all over the news that to mean are killed so if you reading this post what addict I will no say get to a bike keep save and walk everywhere or use the bus as much as you can[/p][/quote]Unfortauntely, you are ill informed. Cycling is safe if a rider takes the time to learn how to ride and understand the rules of the road. There are a number of cycle paths and so will be more. The main reason cyclists get killed is because they sit down the side of left turning lorries. This results in them getting crushed. NEVER ride down the side of a high sided vehicle. You can keep your overpriced, late running, packed buses. I'll ride my bike, thanks. Enfieldian14
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10:11am Tue 17 Jun 14

Andy_Pagin says...

Main reason for cycling deaths is a lack of training and simply ignoring the highway code. The two most likely go hand in hand. If Boris wants to really make a difference to cyclist safety then he should campaign to have the Cycle Proficiency scheme made compulsory, preferably from pre-teen age upwards. When similar compulsory training was introduced for learner motorcyclists the casualty rate dropped by something like 20% in a year, double the estimates.

Training works better than any other measure.
Main reason for cycling deaths is a lack of training and simply ignoring the highway code. The two most likely go hand in hand. If Boris wants to really make a difference to cyclist safety then he should campaign to have the Cycle Proficiency scheme made compulsory, preferably from pre-teen age upwards. When similar compulsory training was introduced for learner motorcyclists the casualty rate dropped by something like 20% in a year, double the estimates. Training works better than any other measure. Andy_Pagin
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