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Continental Stores

September 2017. We did not manage to speak to this business before the consultation process but have recently made contact and they are very keen that their views should be presented to the Inquiry, as follows:

Letter in Support of cycle lane trail along Tavistock and Torrington Place

Dear Councillor Jones,

Our support for the Torrington Place / Gordon Square / Tavistock Place cycling scheme

 We are writing in support of the recent trial cycle lanes along Torrington Place, Gordon Square and Tavistock Place.

 We opened our second shop at the ‘Continental Stores’ site on Tavistock Place in 2014. We are an independent coffee shop serving coffees, brunches, sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Our other shop is on Store St.

 The arrival of the Tavistock Place cycle scheme has been of great benefit to our business. It has made the shop more attractive for people to sit, especially outside, as the street is now so much calmer and less polluted. The steady stream of cyclists also creates a lively street scene, far more so than a stop-go traffic jam.

 A significant proportion of our customers are cyclists who stop by the shop as they travel through the area. In addition, we use the cycle track every day to deliver food from our kitchen, which is here on Tavistock Place, to our other shop on Store St. We use a freight bike to make these deliveries, which are now much easier and safer to carry out.

 We do receive some deliveries by vehicle, but we have had no problems with these, after the drivers had quickly learnt the routes they need to take once the one-way system had been introduced.

 One improvement we would like to suggest is to provide more bike parking facilities on this part of Tavistock Place. The current bike stands are frequently full and customers find it difficult to find somewhere to lock their cycles.

 Overall, the cycle scheme has significantly improved the attractiveness of this neighbourhood for our business, and we very much wish it to be retained.

 Your sincerely,

Mohamed Jelali, General Manager

Continental Stores,

54 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RG

Birkbeck, University of London

3 June 2016

Letter in Support of cycle lane trail along Tavistock and Torrington Place

Dear Councillor Jones and Camden Council,

Birkbeck College writes in strong support of the changes Camden has made in traffic flows on Tavistock and Torrington Place.

The new traffic flow is much safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists and has cut down considerably on traffic in and around Torrington Square. The previous arrangement of a single two-way cycle lane with two-way motor vehicle traffic was very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, and unpleasant and unpredictable fro drivers. The congestion along this stretch of road had become extreme over the lat years, raising concerns about health and wellbeing of our staff and students especially with pollution from exhaust, noise and safety concerns.

As one of the largest employers in Bloomsbury, we wholeheartedly encourage the Council to make the changes to traffic flow along Tavistock and Torrington Place permanent. We thank you for making these positive changes which are to be strongly commended, and encourage Camden to continue making roads in the borough safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable.

With best regards

Keith Harrison, College Secretary
On behalf of Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Fred Dick,
Chair Birkbeck Environment Group

 

 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Dear Councillor Jones,

Our support for the Torrington Place / Gordon Square / Tavistock Place cycling scheme

We are writing in support of the recent trial cycle lanes along Torrington Place, Gordon Square and Tavistock Place.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is a pre-eminent and award winning UK architectural practice. Our London office has been based in Fitzrovia for almost two decades. Our office is growing. Many of our 80-strong London staff cycle to work. A significant proportion of our very large network of clients, project collaborators, consultants and suppliers also travel to our office by bicycle. As we are located at the western endpoint of Torrington Place, a sizeable portion of these use the cycle route in question to travel to and from our office.

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 would like our clients, collaborators, consultants and suppliers feel encouraged to visit our offices by bike. The excellent provision for cycling in the Torrington Place / Gordon Square / Tavistock 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.

We value the many safety improvements incorporated in the Torrington Place / Gordon Square / Tavistock Place trial scheme, and as such it makes our offices a more attractive place to visit by our staff, clients, collaborators and suppliers, whether they be cycling or travelling on foot.

We believe the scheme will also help to 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.

Your sincerely,

Ian Taylor, Marigold Webster, Geoff Rich, David Stansfield
Managing Partners

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
BD Sustainability Architects of the Year 2016
RIBA Top National Award Winning Architect of past 10 Years 2015
RIBA Stirling Prize Winner 2008 and shortlist 2014

Twenty
Tottenham Street
London
W1T 4RG

Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Dear Councillor Jones,

Elfrida Rathbone Camden is a leading charity based in Kentish Town. We provide a family support service and an education project for young people with learning disabilities and autism. We have been based in London for over 30 years.
Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our 25 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. It enables us to get around easily – and most importantly safely. It is definitely one of the attractions of the neighbourhood to us.
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,

Alexis Keir
Director

Elfrida Rathbone Camden
7 Dowdney Close
London NW5 2BP (Map)
Direct Tel: 020 7424 1610
Main Tel: 020 7424 1601

Engine

Dear Councillor Jones,

I am writing to you, as Head of HR at Engine, to express our companies’ support for the continuation of the new Tavistock/Torrington Place cycle scheme.

Engine is a marketing services network with offices in the UK, Europe, China, and America. We first formed in London in 2005. Our 800 London staff have been based in Fitzrovia on Great Portland Street since 2008.

We have a very strong culture of cycling at Engine. Over 180 people have taken part in our cycle to work scheme and we provide secure parking for over 150 cyclists every day, as well as showers and changing facilities.

Many of our cyclists use the route along Tavistock/Torrington Place to get to and from our office. The improved safety of the new scheme is very valuable to us. Better, safer cycling infrastructure leads to higher take up of cycling, which has two major benefits to us as an employer. Firstly it improves the health and well-being of our employees. Secondly, improved cycling infrastructure and the provision of facilities and related benefits helps us attract and retain the talent that we depend on to thrive and grow.

Cycling is good for our business and good for London and we believe that the Tavistock/Torrington Place scheme is too.

Please give strong support to the continuation of the scheme and making it a permanent feature of our neighbourhood.

Best wishes,

Helen

Helen Alton || Head of Human Resources ||

Farrell + Clark Architects

Dear Councillor Jones,

Farrell + Clark Architects have been based in the Borough of Camden now for 7 years with a lease for many more. One of the key reasons for choosing to locate our office in this Borough was for its public transport links and commitment to improving the provisions for cycling. The Tavistock/Torrington Place scheme now directly links our office to the main train stations at Kings Cross and Euston.

As an architectural practice with a core belief in sustainable development we also try ourselves to keep our own carbon footprint on the planet as small as possible. This includes encouraging and supporting those of us who wish to cycle to the office. Our research has shown that the biggest obstacle is the belief that cycling is not safe in London.

The excellent provision now for cycling in the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial is definitely one of the attractions of the neighbourhood to us, and feedback from those of us here who use it already is overwhelmingly positive, and most important improving safety for all road users and pedestrians.

The excellent provision for cycling from the main stations to our office via the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial scheme will help us to 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,

Ed Griffin RIBA
Partner
Farrell + Clark Architects
Tudor House, 35 Gresse Street. W1T 1QY

SOAS

Dear Councillor Jones,

I am writing on behalf of SOAS University of London to express support for the new road arrangements on Tavistock Place and Torrington Place. The changes to Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lanes are currently providing a safer means of cycling to and from the campus, as well as creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

SOAS is a major institution in the Borough of Camden, with more than 5,000 students and 1000 staff members. A large number of our community chooses to cycle to campus. In a survey we conducted last year, [https://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem102156.html] we learned that more would cycle if they were improvements in cycling provision.

We recognise that the scheme also has wider benefits such as helping to improve air quality, ensuring the roads are safer for pedestrians to cross, and creating a pleasant environment to work and study. This initiative may also stimulate an impetus to wider road improvements in the environs around our Bloomsbury campus.

We will continue to encourage our students and staff to share their feedback with Camden Council to help shape the final layout of this scheme. SOAS welcomes the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place road improvements and is committed to working closely with Camden Council on this and other environmental initiatives.

Yours sincerely

Valerie Amos

Director, SOAS University of London

Usborne Publishing

Dear Councillor Jones,

Usborne Publishing is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, and is located in Farringdon, London.

We work to be a cycling-friendly organisation and a number of our over 200 employees cycle to work each day.    We support all and any public cycling facility developments to make their commute safer.

To this end, we have welcomed the two way cycling paths trial around Tavistock and Torrington Place.  The previous arrangement – where cyclists were travelling in opposite directions along a single channel was overcrowded and dangerous.  The route is used heavily by cyclists at rush hour and the existing scheme didn’t serve their numbers safely.

I write in strong support of the scheme allowing two separate cycle lanes to remain in place after the trial.

Nicola Usborne

Deputy Managing Director

Usborne Publishing

83-85 Saffron Hill

London EC1N 8RT

Mavity & Co

Dear Councillor Jones,

Mavity & Co is a leading creative agency based in Soho and have been running for 5 years provide advertising, pop videos and online content.

Like many creative businesses, many of my employees cycle to work and use Tavistock Place to safely commute, myself included.  The trial has been a success and has greatly increased the feeling of safety for my employees and myself.  This is imperative for a more sustainable London.  I truly feel that there are very few safe spaces to people to cycle in London.  Personally the only part of my commute that is designated for cyclists is this small run.  If councils are serious about reducing the horrific pollution in London, making it safer, and encouraging more people to use bikes this scheme should be made permanent and extended.

My business relies on attracting young, creative people.  These bands of people are very likely to cycle to work and this scheme helps me attract the brightest and best to my business.  Which is good for London too.  Please ensure that it is retained.

Jake Mavity

Creative Director

www.mavityandco.com

M: +44(0)7956 673 637

Eastman Dental Institute

Dear Councillor Jones,

UCL Eastman Dental Institute’s response to the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lane trial.

I am writing in support of the changes to road and pedestrian infrastructure that are undergoing trial on Tavistock Place and Torrington Place.

The UCL Eastman Dental Institute (EDI) is the largest postgraduate dental institute in Europe and welcomes students and staff from around the world to study, teach and carry out research. As part of University College London, our staff and students make regular and frequent trips between the UCL Bloomsbury campus and the EDI in Gray’s Inn Road. The recent improvements to infrastructure in Tavistock and Torrington Place is strongly supported by the EDI as it increases the number of staff and students who feel confident to cycle in the area and has generated a healthier and more pleasant environment for those choosing to walk. As such, we strongly urge Camden Council to make the infrastructure changes permanant and lead the way in creating a safer and healtheir environment for all those who live, work and study within the borough

Yours sincerely

Stephen R. Porter

Director, UCL Eastman Dental Institute

UCL Eastman Dental Institute

258 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1x 8LD.