Enfield strives for a share in the 'mini Holland' cycling fund

Enfield’s bid to become a ‘mini Holland’ is edging closer after it was shortlisted for mayoral funding.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is hoping to make London’s boroughs as cycle friendly as their Dutch counterparts with a £100million competition.

Working on plans to make cycling safer and more appealing, Enfield Borough Council have proposed a protected cycle track along Hertford Road in Enfield for children using the 16 schools which are close to the road.

The council will receive £25,000 funding to provide extra detail on these proposals, and must be finalised by Friday, November 29. The Mayor of London and Transport for London will decide which boroughs will receive a share of the £100 million funding early next year.

The local council has made it through to the final six along with Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Merton and Newham councils as they compete to take a piece of the £100 million prize.

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, councillor Chris Bond, said: “Enfield Council works incredibly hard to encourage different modes of transport in this borough and we are really keen to get as many people using their bikes as possible by providing a network of well maintained, safe and accessible cycling routes across the borough.

“Obtaining a share of £100 million would help us revolutionise cycling in Enfield and accelerate the rate at which we improve our cycling network and transform our town centres for our residents.”

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