Transforming cycling in outer boroughs: Mini-Hollands programme
What is the Mini-Holland programme?
The Mini-Hollands programme is part of the Mayor's Healthy Streets approach. Substantial investment – around £100 million – is helping three outer London boroughs transform into cycling hubs, equipped with high specification Dutch-style infrastructure. Changes include redesigned junctions that are safer for cyclists and pedestrians, segregated cycle lanes on busy roads and reductions in the amount of traffic using residential streets.
This investment aims to make these boroughs as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents – where more than half of all journeys are made by bike in some cities – so that more Londoners can choose to cycle. All road users will benefit from improvements to streets and better facilities for pedestrians.
Mini-Hollands will encourage more people to cycle more safely and more often, while providing better streets and outdoor spaces for everyone. The programme will specifically target people who make short car journeys in outer London which could be cycled easily instead.
Enfield’s plans include:
- creating a pedestrian-friendly environment on Church Street by removing through traffic and installing separate bus and cycle lanes
- converting the Edmonton Green roundabout into a Dutch-style roundabout with separate lanes for cycles
- introducing lightly segregated cycle lanes along the A1010, A105 and A110
- developing a network of Quietway and Greenway routes across the whole Borough
- developing Cycle Hubs at Enfield Town and Edmonton Green Train Stations
See the Cycle Enfield website.
- a major cycle hub will be created
- new, high-quality cycling routes will be introduced
- the plaza outside Kingston station will be transformed
Plans are being developed for a Thames Riverside Boardway, a landmark project to build a new cycle route on the banks of the river. See 'go cycle' on the Kingston Council website for more information.
Waltham Forest’s plans include improving:
- residential areas around Walthamstow Town Centre – such as Walthamstow Village – by slowing down vehicles on residential streets, discouraging non-local traffic from cutting through the area and prioritising pedestrians at junctions
- town centres – including Leyton and Leytonstone – with changes that allow pedestrians to access shops and facilities safely, attracting visitors to these areas to boost business, and providing public spaces and meeting points for people to enjoy
- key routes in the borough – such as Lea Bridge Road – by proposing changes such as: protected separate spaces for people to cycle in, new facilities for public transport users and new crossing points for walkers and cyclists
See the Enjoy Waltham Forest website for more information.