Mini Holland in Enfield, London
The Borough of Enfield was one of three areas of London chosen in 2013 to be transformed into a "Mini-Holland" – an area for safe cycling based on Dutch expertise. These “Mini-Hollands” were part of the “Mayor’s Vision for Cycling" in which Boris Johnson laid out his plans to transform London into a cycle city. In his vision, he regularly referred to the Netherlands. For Enfield, this meant the creation of segregated bike paths, so-called “quietways” and “greenways" and much more. On 8 April, Enfield Council hosted a conference in collaboration with London Cycling Campaign about their transition into a “Mini–Holland”.
A panel of experts will be present to discuss the plans for Enfield and what these changes will mean for the borough. Among these experts there will be two Dutch speakers, Mr Siemensma from Royal HaskoningDHV and Mr Botma, an urban planning and urban mobility expert from The Hague City Council. There was also a fair where local residents had the chance to have a ride on typical Dutch bicycles and have their own bikes checked by a specialist.
Curious to learn more about how Enfield is “going Dutch”? Find out more about the event here. The Enfield Cycling Campaign also has its own website with more detailed information about the borough’s future.