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TOPIC: Cycling in Enfield - the view from the saddle

Cycling in Enfield - the view from the saddle - Episode 1 25 Jun 2018 21:57 #3941

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Thanks for voting Green.

I wondered why you are " - pretty sure I voted for you......." ? I'm guessing that you wondered whether there is another David Hughes locally. It was me.

It would have been nice to have been successful so I could have played a part in 'better streets', cycling and walking. However there is the battle of the Quieter Neighbourhoods (QN) to come, so I plan to be active in that. I don't know how much you've been involved in thinking about QN, but apart from the re-creation of liveable streets QN will have a hand in quelling rat-running, and ultimately in the success of the Council's strategy for discouraging the use of cars for driver-only short journeys.

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Cycling in Enfield - the view from the saddle - Episode 1 23 Aug 2018 19:28 #4029

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With so many interesting threads on this website to keep up with I feel almost indecent in mentioning that a couple of days ago whilst biking on High Street (A1004 into Southgate) a car passed me with a centimeter or two of my right hand and the handlebars (The Highway Code says the gap between car and bike should a cars' width). And it's not the first time: I reported to this website on a similar incident on the same stretch of road a year or two ago. Then the culprit seemed uncertain and under pressure from a growing line of vehicles behind her, but this time the culprit was under no pressure from behind and simply put his/her foot down and charged.

This has to stop, a cyclists just slightly wobbling is going to get severely injured or killed, and it could be me.

When I was young this was much less likely to happen, I think probably because a very high proportion of drivers had had prior cycling experience. So when driving they could call on their experience of wobbling (caused by a pothole, a poor road surface, even by a moments lack of attention; it happens). Now relatively few adults cycle, and I have experience of drivers who are amazed that people do bike and even resent their presence. Which is a shame because the more drivers who take to cycling the more space there will be for those who must drive, the healthier our population will be and the more potential there will be to give kids their freedoms back.

Perhaps this is a moment to reflect on whether the Highway Code can reasonably expect drivers to allow a car's width between them and the cyclist(s). Personally I think there is simply too much traffic for watertight safety, but passing a cyclist so closely that the slightest wobble leads to disaster is unforgivable.

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Cycling in Enfield - the view from the saddle - Episode 1 19 Sep 2018 17:45 #4058

Estimates just released from the Department of Transport suggest that the chances of creating more of the desired road space are close to zero: they’re now forecasting an over 50% increase in the number of cars on British roads, with resulting slower travel times (about 20% worse) and more than double the number of “clogged” roads than is currently the case. And you also have to wonder where all these cars will get parked. (No mention of the growing size of cars that is all too evident, and also space hungry.)

Realistically, when combined with today’s other headline report that car exhausts are now linked to 60,000 cases of dementia; this on top of the ever growing list of other detrimental health effects, then something has to give.

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