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Enfield Cycling by Richard Reeve, co-ordinator of the Enfield Cycling Campaign

Enfield Cycling Campaign is the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). We campaign to improve conditions for cycling in Enfield. Although these aims mean that we are occasionally interpreted as a self-interest group, our objectives are to encourage and enable more people to cycle more of the time, which should be good for everybody as well as good for the planet.

Although Central London has recently seen a huge increase in cycling, the outer suburbs such as Enfield have been slower to follow: when surveyed, the most common reason that people give for not cycling is the perceived dangers and hostilities of the outer London road environment.

We meet at least four times a year with representatives of Enfield Council, including Enfield's cycling officer, at the Enfield Cycle Forum. This is a forum that other local groups may wish to consider attending.

We have been successful in persuading Enfield Council to propose, and begin to develop, a network of Greenway walking and cycling routes across Enfield. More details can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/7lednr7. Generally the idea has had good public support, although we have encountered some resistance where the routes have been proposed through country parks such as Hilly Fields.

For more information about LCC, or to join, please visit www.lcc.org.uk. If you would like to receive news and information about cycling events in Enfield, then why not sign up to the Enfield Cyclists email list, which is open to non-members.

Simply send a blank email to enfieldcyclists-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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