New segregated cycle lanes completed in Ponders End

Cyclists can now ride in protected lanes for 4.5 miles between Freezywater and Edmonton

The new segregated cycle lanes in Ponders End include 'bus stop boarders'
The new segregated cycle lanes in Ponders End include ‘bus stop boarders’ (credit Enfield Council)

Enfield Council has completed the ‘missing link’ in Enfield’s cycle route between Freezywater and Edmonton.

New cycle lanes have now been installed along Ponders End High Street, finally completing a 4.5-mile continuous segregated route along the A1010.

The first stage of ‘Cycleway 1’ – funded by City Hall’s £100million ‘Mini Holland’ project – was completed in 2018 between Edmonton Green and Ponders End. The second stage joined Ponders End and Freezywater in 2020. However, not until now have segregated cycle lanes been provided for Ponders End itself.

Two new zebra crossings have been introduced to support people walking in the area and the road layout has improved to allow vehicles to pass buses when stopping at bus stops. The speed limit along Ponders End High Street has also been reduced to 20mph to improve safety.

While the bus stops have been upgraded, the use of ‘bus stop boarders’ that force passengers to disembark directly into the cycle lane have previously been criticised for their impact on people with a visual impairment.

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Rick Jewell, cabinet member for environment at Enfield Council, visited Ponders End High Street to see the improvement works that took four months to complete. He said: “I would like to say thank you to all residents and business owners who shared their views and feedback during the consultation process which has helped to shape the council’s decisions on the improvements.

“I am delighted that the work has now been completed and I can already see how the improvements will enhance the journeys of people walking and cycling in the high street.” 

Two new rain gardens have also been installed to sustainably manage rainwater and bring greenery to the area.

For more information on the Ponders End High Street works:

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