Road safety

21 November 2016

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake and involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. Brake is a road safety charity that works to prevent road death and injury, make streets and communities safer, and supports the victims of road crashes. Brake founded Road Safety Week in 1997 as an annual event to raise awareness about road safety and promote steps that everyone can take to stop these needless deaths and.......

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15 October 2016

Roadworks aren't usually popular with residents. So workers in Ridge Avenue, Winchmore Hill, had a surprise on Friday morning when local parents came to say “Thank you for the bike lanes”, bringing with them a cooked breakfast. Palmers Green residents Clare Rogers, Claire Brady and Maggie Westhead, who all have children at schools in the borough, brought bacon rolls, pastries, tea, coffee and fruit juice for the workers' 10am tea break. They also displayed a homemade “Thank.......

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28 July 2016

The Stage 1 Road Safety Audit for the A105 cycle lanes scheme has now been published.  The auditors, from Transport for London (TfL), have indicated that they are satisfied with the responses to all the safety issues that they raised.  Unfortunately, the auditors did not comment on hazards for pedestrians crossing roads at the Green Lanes/Hedge Lane/Bourne Hill junction, presumably because their terms of reference state that "Safety Audit is not intended to identify pre-existing.......

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24 February 2016

The Department for Transport seeks feedback on proposed changes to penalties for the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. This consultation seeks feedback on proposals for increasing the fixed penalty notice (FPN) level from £100 to £150 for all drivers. It also invites views on increasing the penalty points from: 3 to 4 points for non-HGV drivers 3 to 6 points for those that hold a large goods vehicle (HGV) licence and commit the offence whilst driving.......

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26 September 2015

There was a public meeting this week about the Enfield Mini Holland plans, and days later, I’m just starting to work out what was actually being said… It seemed that 90% of the 200-plus audience were against the scheme. I don’t know if they represent real feeling in the area or not, since this is a bit of a rogue series of meetings that are not part of the official consultation process. They are chaired by our conservative MP (we have a Labour council) who seems to.......

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21 December 2014

A Winchmore Hill resident has launched a campaign for a 20mph speed limit on two roads which lead to Winchmore Hill Green - Church Hill on the western side and Station Road to the east. Philip Tsappas held a public meeting to launch his campaign in November and has now released additional campaigning literature (see below).  He is linking this local campaign with the national 20's Plenty for Us movement, which seeks to make 20mph the default speed limit on residential and urban streets........

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03 December 2014

A newly published guide to street design sets out the latest thinking on how roads and streets in cities, towns and villages can be decluttered and redesigned to make them not only pleasanter to look at and to use, but also significantly safer. Street Design for All - "a compilation of current thoughts and practices in the art of Street Design" - reflects the work and ideas of professional road engineers and of campaigners for improvements to the "public realm".1  It provides an easy to.......

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25 November 2014

The Quieter Neighbourhoods schemes which Enfield Council are planning will use various "traffic calming" measures, the aim of which is to reduce traffic accidents, encourage walking and cycling by reducing the stress associated with heavy or fast traffic, and generally make life pleasanter for people living, walking or cycling along residential streets away from main roads. Traffic calming is not universally popular - concerns include noise and damage to cars allegedly caused by speed humps and.......

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17 November 2014

The initial consultation stage has now begun for two "Quieter Neighbourhood" schemes covering a large swathe of residential streets extending from the Cambridge Roundabout in the south east almost as far as Southgate Circus in the north west (though excluding Green Lanes, which runs between the two areas). Consultation began last month for the Wolves Lanes Quieter Neighbourhood, which lies south of the Connaught Gardens QN, separated from it by the North Circular Road. Click on the map to.......

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02 April 2014

A London Assembly study has highlighted the increasing vulnerability of pedestrians in London and is critical of the policies of the Mayor of London and Metropolitan Police. Feet First: Improving Pedestrian Safety in London is a newly published report by the Assembly's Transport Committee, which comprises members from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democratic and Green parties. In their executive summary the Committee set out the current state of affairs: More pedestrians are killed or.......

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22 January 2014

The Enfield Independent has reported that a campaign has been launched to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Green Lanes at the Fox Lane junction. This is just one of several hazardous crossing points facing pedestrians in Palmers Green........

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22 October 2013

Enfield Council has announced that the public consultation on a new zebra crossing in Aldermans Hill showed that the public were in favour of the plan.  The zebra crossing will be installed near the junction with Old Park Road (see photograph). Over the past five years eight people have been injured crossing the road near the location of the new zebra. Work to install the crossing and relocate pay and display parking bays will cost £35,000........

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21 May 2013

Enfield Council have published their proposals for a new 20mph zone which would extend from Winchmore Hill Green in the North to the Palmers Green end of Hoppers Road in the South. Though the consultation documents (available on the Enfield Council website) refer to a "20mph zone in the Palmers Green School area", the proposed zone would be rather larger than that description would suggest.  It would include the whole of Hoppers Road and all roads between Hoppers Road and Green Lanes.......

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12 April 2013

Enfield Council are consulting residents about a proposal to create a new zebra crossing on Bourne Hill, close to the junction with Hoppers Road, between the car wash on the northern side and St John's Church Hall on the southern side.  There would be a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road........

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25 February 2013

Enfield Council has indicated its approval for a scheme to install new pedestrian refuge islands at two points along Green Lanes - one near Stonard Road in Palmers Green (close to the Catholic church and Intimate Theatre), the other near Radcliffe Road in the centre of Winchmore Hill........

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07 November 2014

Question 1.  What do think is good about the area? It’s clean, safe, pleasant, has a lovely green space, a god range of shops, cafes, restaurants Question 2.  What do you think is less good about the area? No good secondary school where we would be in catchment Question 3. What would you like to see to improve the area? No more new pound shops, a leisure centre, an M&S food store Question 4a. Specific aspects – traffic It’s quite busy at peak times but where in.......

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