The borough was shortlisted in December by Transport for London along with Merton, Bexley, Ealing, Kingston, Merton, Newham, Waltham Forest and Richmond Councils and found out today (Monday 10 March) that it had been awarded the money.
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 in our borough.
“Enfield Council is absolutely committed to improve our cycling network, transforming our town centres for residents and get 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.”
Enfield Council’s Conservative Group Deputy Leader, Cllr Joanne Laban, said: “We want to get more people on their bikes because it will get people out of their cars and help reduce congestion, cut competition for parking spaces, improve air quality and help people keep fit and healthy."
Enfield Council will now conduct full public consultations on the schemes included in the bid prior to implementing them.
In the past year Enfield Council has delivered or is implementing a wide range of schemes to improve cycling in Enfield, these include:
1) Creating a network of Greenways to enable people to travel safely around the borough on largely car free routes
2) Free cycle training for children and adults
3) HGV driver training for council drivers and those who drive for a living to raise awareness of cyclists and reduce accidents
4) Launching Cycle Enfield to improve cycling facilities in the borough
5) Providing bike taster sessions for disabled people
6) More secure cycle parking facilities at transport hubs and for residents with nowhere to store their cycle securely