When Mini-Holland Comes to Enfield
Influencing the Debate on the Impact of Cycle Schemes
In 2014, Enfield Council secured around £30 million from Transport for London to make cycling a better alternative for trips across a borough which has many busy roads dominated by cars. The Mini Holland plan encountered strong local resistance and been the topic of much debate, particularly among shop keepers who feared that fewer cars would mean lower sales. An impact assessment carried out by Regeneris Consulting, has shown that this is unlikely to be the case.
Regeneris was appointed by Enfield Council to better understand the potential impacts of the Cycle Enfield scheme on town centre vitality in nine of the main centres across Enfield borough. The report has helped the local authority plan for new cycling infrastructure and mitigate any negative impacts that might arise.
Our research explored the effect of changes to car parking, bus stops, loading bays, pedestrian infrastructure and public realm. Our economic impact assessment (available here) found that the Cycle Enfield scheme were likely to have a negligible impact on town centre economic vitality in many of the town centres during both the construction and operational phases. We also proposed that additional positive impacts could be generated if a series of mitigation measures were adopted.
The research has helped illuminate the wider debate around the impact of cycle infrastructure on town centre vitality, and has recently featured in a Guardian article.