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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

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

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

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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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