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Jenny on her bike by David Flint

In October Jenny Jones met members of the Enfield Cycling Campaign (see below), and your editor, at Enfield Chase. We cycled to Palmers Green Station where Jenny took the train back into town. By the end of October she had visited every London borough to learn about cycling problems. Of Enfield she said: "The first step in getting people to cycle is to make them feel safe on the roads. Enfield is concentrating on encouraging people to get out of their cars for everyday journeys like the school and shopping runs. Safe cycle routes for schools, permeability to town centres and 20 mph streets are all positive methods to promote cycling. With a little encouragement, people will see that cycling is a fun, cheaper and healthier alternative than gas-guzzling cars".

Unfortunately, as she pointed out later in a letter to the Advertiser, Enfield is the borough where you are most likely to get clobbered by a hit-and-run driver. 187 of us were so struck last year, up by 45 from the year before, and 15 of them died. Jenny blames "Enfield's notoriously high number of dangerous drivers" and the lack of traffic cops. 30 have already been given the push, and the 2011-12 budget needs a further cut of two million Pounds.



First published in the EGP members newsletter, December 2011



Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ