All posts by Safer Bloomsbury

Individuals from Marie Stopes International

Dear Councillor Jones,

We are writing as a group of the cyclists from our workplace, Marie Stopes International, which is based in the Bloomsbury area. We all frequently use the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place bicycle lane trial scheme.

The scheme has significantly improved our daily cycles, helping us feel much more safe, less stressed, and has generally made our commute significantly more enjoyable. Indeed, one of our senior staff broke their rib in an accident on the old cycle path due to the volume of cycle traffic.

We are confident that protected cycle lane initiatives such as this will encourage more cyclists from our workplace to make the choice to commute by bicycle as well, and that increasing cycling access and reducing traffic congestion and related pollution is a good thing for residents and workers in the area.

So collectively we are very pleased by the improvements the trial scheme has brought to Torrington Place / Tavistock Place. We would like you to make every effort to ensure that the scheme becomes permanent at the end of the trial.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Bower
Joan Summers
Maaike van Min
Tom Ellum
James Harcourt
George Hayes
Rosanna Buck
Kate Williams
Eleanor Robinson
Rebecca Harrison
Steven Lee
Mike Tsang
Catherine Adams
Vilde Aagenaes
Alissa Ferry
Martyn Ngwong
Alexandra Tindale
Amanda Couper
Georgina Lewis
Kevin Redmond
Anna Phillips
Aisha Dasgupta
Rob Hill
Matthew Wilson
Michael Possmayer
Andy Madley
Ned Winn-Dix
David Adams
Maurice Othulo
Claire Graham
Emily Newcombe

Employees of:
Marie Stopes International
1 Conway Street, Fitzroy Square
London W1T 6LP

SpringerNature

Dear Councillor Jones,

SpringerNature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers based in King’s Cross and employing c.2000 people in this area.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our employees cycle to work. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work. The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial matters a lot to all of us who use it and is a huge improvement on the previous cycle paths in that area. It enables our employees to get around easily – and most importantly safely. Many have provided us with feedback to that effect.

The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme will help us attract and retain the employees our business needs to continue to thrive. They will also make London a more attractive city in which to build and run our business.

The scheme is, on balance, excellent for our business and for London. We would be grateful if you could please support and ensure that it is retained.

Kind regards,

Charlie Thelu
Head of Strategic Sourcing
Corporate Procurement

Springer Nature
4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW, UK
T +44 (0)20 7843 4704
M +44 (0)7990 507 287
www.springernature.com

Parkes Cycling

Dear Councillor Jones,

As the owner of Parkes Cycling (Cycle Training and Bicycle Maintenance) I am proud of our role in the life of London and our local community.

Parkes Cycling has trained or repaired the bikes of many local residents, many of whom cycle in the area. A larger proportion would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

The Tavistock/Torrington scheme is a major improvement to the local environment. The protected cycle lanes and reduced motor traffic will make active travel a real option for everyone, not just the young and fit. The reduced noise and air pollution levels that have resulted from the scheme also constitute a major benefit to the well-being of local residents.

We support the scheme and ask you to ensure that it is retained.

Kind regards,

Sam Parkes
Owner
Parkes Cycling
N19 5HA

Gilkes & Co

Dear Councillor Jones,

Gilkes & Co is a surveying practice operating in London.

Our employees cycle to work.

We value safety and we want to promote active lifestyles. We also note strong evidence that more cycling increases spending in local retail businesses and lowers air pollution levels. It also reduces the number of cars on the road and the crush on the tube.

The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme will help us to ride safely across town. There should be more of these schemes not less. They will also make London a more attractive city in which to build and run our business.

The scheme is, on balance, excellent for our business and for London. Please ensure that it is retained.

Kind regards,

Maggi Howard
Director
Gilkes & Co Surveyors Ltd
54 St James Street
Liverpool L1 0AB
Company no 9399748

0797 907 3351

Profile Books

Supporting the Tavistock/Torrington Place Cycling Scheme

I am the Chief Executive of Profile Books, one of Britain’s leading independent publishers based in WC1.  I am writing in support of the Tavistock Place Trial.  I cycle to work every day (from NW5 – also in Camden) and, in the course of my business, am often out and about on my bike during the day.

Profile Books has many cycling enthusiasts amongst its 40 employees, many of whom cycle to work regularly.  An even larger proportion of my colleagues would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads – particularly the women.

 The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial matters a lot to all of us who use it.  It enables us to get around easily – and most importantly safely.  It is definitely one of the attractions of the neighbourhood to us.  As far as I can see the trial has been wholly successful with many benefits – like less pollution for the students at UCL.

 The cycle scheme is enhances my well-being and that of my employees.  It matters to us a lot.  Please ensure that it is retained.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely

Andrew Franklin

Chief Executive

Profile Books

3 Holford Yard, Bevin Way

London WC1X 9HD

 020 7841 6300

www.profilebooks.com  www.serpentstail.co.uk

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Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

Dear Councillor Jones

I’m contacting you on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, based in Ridgmount Street, Bloomsbury.

Like many organisations in London we are committed to encouraging active travel amongst our staff, including cycling. A growing number of our employees cycle to work and we know from staff surveys that a larger proportion would cycle if they felt safer on the roads and there was better cycle infrastructure.

We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work. We also note strong evidence that more cycling increases spending in local retail businesses and lowers air pollution levels.

The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme will help us attract and retain the employees our organisation needs to continue to thrive. They will also make London a more attractive city in which to build and run our business.

The scheme is, on balance, excellent for our business and for London. Please ensure that it is retained.

Kind regards

Mark

Mark Taylor MCIM MCIPR
Director of External Relations
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

Tel: 020 7255 0654
Mobile: 07792 635 305

7 Ridgmount St, London, WC1E 7AE

My Library By Right:
A campaign for your right to quality libraries

www.cilip.org.uk/mylibrarybyright

McElhanney Consulting Services

Dear Councillor Jones,

McElhanney Consulting Services is a leading civil engineering based in Angel. We provide bridge design services on complex bridge projects around the world and have had an office in London for over four years.  Several of our employees use the Tavistock/Torrington Place route on their daily commute.

 Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our employees cycle to work. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

 We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work. We also note strong evidence that more cycling increases spending in local retail businesses and lowers air pollution levels.

 The excellent provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme will help us attract and retain the employees our business needs to continue to thrive. They will also make London a more attractive city in which to build and run our business.

 The scheme is, on balance,  excellent for our business and for London.  Please ensure that it is retained.

 Kind regards,

Morgan Trowland, P.Eng.

Senior Bridge Engineer

McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

5 Torrens Street | London EC1V 1NQ United Kingdom

C +44 75 5288 7265

 

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dear Councillor Jones,

As the Acting Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (www.lshtm.ac.uk), I am proud of our role in the life of London and our level of engagement with our local community.

The London School employs 1400 staff and have approximately 1100 London-based postgraduate students. A significant number of our staff and students based in London choose to cycle to work; however, an even larger proportion would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

Given the School’s mission to improve health worldwide, it will come as no surprise to you that we put great value on the health and safety of our staff and students. As a consequence, we support Camden Council in making adequate space available in Tavistock Place and Torrington Place for cyclists.  The protected cycle lanes make active travel a real option for everyone, not just the young and fit, and have an additional benefit of reducing air pollution.

The cycling scheme is good for our organisation and for health of all Londoners whether they cycle or not.

We support the scheme and ask you to ensure that it is retained.

Kind regards,

Professor Dame Anne Mills DCMG CBE FMedSci FRS

Acting Director and Deputy Director & Provost

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7927 2354

SESOME Ltd.

Dear Councillor Jones,

SESOME is a leading marketing agency based in Bedford Square.  We have been around this area for 2.5 years now.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our employees cycle to work including me personally. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads. We now offer the cycle-to-work scheme and it has already been used.

We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work.

The provision for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme in my/our opinion is a great trial and the recent widening works have prevented some near misses and the separation from the car lane is brilliant. We love London and think cycling is a valuable part of that.

Are we keeping? I do hope so.

Kind regards,

Adrian Land

CEO & Founder of SESOME ltd.

T: 0203 051 9650 | M: 07714 247 274| T: @adrianland |W: sesome.co.uk | A: 20 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH.

Boyd & Associates

Dear Councillor Jones,

My business, Boyd & Associates, helps digital start-ups in the Bloomsbury area build business plans to obtain important growth funding.

The employees of these business, their clients, as well my team all depend on easy, cheap and reliable travel around this small area in London – cycling is by far the best way to get around Bloomsbury.

Unfortunately as cycling has become more popular, the cycle lanes in Bloomsbury (particularly around Tavistock and Torrington Place) became severely congested in peak periods leading to long delays at traffic lights.

Thanks to the new scheme the increase in capacity (with effectively two bikes able to travel in each direction) has removed all the delays and returned the ease of cycling around Bloomsbury to how it was 4 or 5 years ago.

The scheme is essential for our clients, our business and for Bloomsbury – please do everything in your power to ensure it stays.

Kind regards,

David

David Boyd

Managing Director

Boyd & Associates

+44 7921 107 184

contact@davidcboyd.com

skype @davidcboyd

twitter @davidcboyd

web   davidcboyd.com