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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

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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

UCL

Dear Councillor Jones,

UCL’s response to the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lane trial

I am writing on behalf of University College London (UCL) in support of the new road arrangements on Tavistock Place and Torrington Place. As one of the largest institutions in the Borough of Camden, with over 38,000 students and 11,000 staff, the local environment plays an integral role in supporting a healthy, productive and safe community.

The changes to the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lanes are providing a safer means of cycling to and from the campus, as well as creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment by removing a large number of vehicles. Many of our staff and students choose to cycle to work. We recognise the important contribution that this makes to their health and lifestyle, as well as the wider benefits to both UCL and London, by helping to tackle congestion and air pollution.

Evidence suggests that a larger proportion of UCL’s community would cycle if they were provided with better facilities and felt safer on London’s roads. UCL is already taking positive steps to play its part in supporting this, by providing cycle training and improving our cycling facilities. But there are wider infrastructure improvements which need to be put in place by London’s key transport bodies in order to increase uptake in cycling. In this regard, the new Tavistock Place and Torrington Place road layout represents a major step forward. These changes will allow more of our staff and students to enjoy cycling to work.

We recognise that the scheme also has wider benefits: it will help improve air quality, ensure that the roads are safer for pedestrians to cross, and create a more pleasant environment to work and study. Indeed, we believe that this scheme will provide the impetus to wider road improvements in the environs around UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, creating a safer and more pleasant area for all.

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. Overall, UCL strongly welcomes the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place road improvements and is committed to working closely with Camden Council to ensure that these are made permanent.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Arthur

UCL President and Provost

Central Saint Martins and University of the Arts London

Dear Councillor Jones,

As Head of Central Saint Martins, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Arts London (both based in Camden), I am writing to offer my strong support for the continuation of the Tavistock/Torrington Place cycling scheme.

Central Saint Martins employs over 400 staff and  we have over  4,500 students attending the college. Many of our staff and students choose to cycle to work, and we have a thriving cycling society and community. Many of them, including me personally, use and have benefited from the new Torrington Place scheme because it is the obvious and most convenient route to and from CSM into central London. I use it on a daily basis, and can confirm how much safer the dual segregated lanes are.

Central Saint Martins is particularly committed to improving safety for cyclists following the tragic death of one of our students three years ago in a cycling incident in Camden. We need more not fewer schemes like the highly successful one in Torrington Place, and I urge you to support its continuation. The scheme is good for our organisation, for health, and for all Londoners whether they cycle or not.

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

Your sincerely

Jeremy Till

…………………………………………………………………………….

Professor Jeremy Till

Head of Central Saint Martins

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

1 Granary Square

London N1C 4AA

Nuffield Foundation

Dear Councillor Jones,

I am writing to you in relation to the new Tavistock/Torrington Place cycling scheme.  The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable foundation based close by in Bedford Square where we have been for over twenty years.  We support research in education and social policy.  We also host the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Consistent with the general pattern in London, a significant number of our employees cycle to work and to meetings on a daily or regular basis.  There are others who would cycle to and from the office and during the day to meetings if they felt that doing so were safer than it currently is.

We also have a large number of visitors to the building for meetings, seminars and conferences and a small, significant and growing number of these cycle to be with us.

As well as valuing the safety, health and active lifestyles of our employees and visitors we also note strong evidence that cycling lowers air and noise pollution levels.  I should also mention that we belong to the 10/10 initiative to reduce our carbon footprint.

Everyone I have spoken to who uses the Tavistock/Torrington Place trial cycling scheme has thought it to be a superb arrangement.  I myself use it at least twice a day and judge it to be the best stretch of cycle route in the whole of London.

We believe the scheme to be excellent for us, for the local area and for London more generally.  We very much hope that the scheme will be retained long-term and indeed that it will be used as a model for many other areas.

Very best wishes

Josh Hillman

Josh Hillman

Acting Director and Director of Education

Nuffield Foundation

28 Bedford Square

London  WC1B 3JS

Universities & Colleges Employers Association

Dear Councillor Jones,

I write on behalf of the Universities & Colleges Employers Association, an organisation that has now been based in Bloomsbury, on Tavistock Square, for twenty years.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our employees cycle to work. A larger proportion of our team would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads. Our employees are also users of the pedestrian space in Bloomsbury and regularly cross Tavistock/Torrington Place to use and support the businesses in Marchmont Street and the Brunswick Centre .

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.

As a business we have been delighted to see the long overdue improvements for cycling in Tavistock/Torrington Place. Our employees have also described the huge improvement for the pedestrian experience of these roads since the trial scheme was put in place.

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. Schemes like this 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,

Helen Fairfoul

Chief Executive

Universities & Colleges Employers Association

20, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9HU

West London College

Dear Councillor Jones,

As the Deputy Principal of West London College, I personally cycle the route between Kings Cross and the West End.

I welcome the recent modifications to the cycle facilities in Tavistock Place and Torrington Place. It feels significantly safer. I very much hope the present arrangements are made permanent.

We employ over 40 staff and have over 800 attending the college. Many of our staff and students choose to cycle to work. An even larger proportion would undoubtedly cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

We value the satisfaction, health, and freedom of our staff and students and we feel a special responsibility to do the most we can to ensure the health and safety of our students. That’s why we support Camden Council in making adequate space available in Tavistock Place and Torrington Place.

As an organisation involved in education, we are also excited about this opportunity to tackle London’s the hazards of air pollution. The protected cycle lanes will make active travel a real option for everyone, not just the young and fit.

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

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

 Kind regards, Neil

Neil Tether | Deputy Principal

West London College
Hannah House,
13-16 Manchester Street,
Marylebone,
London W1U 4DJ

London School of Business and Management

I am the Managing Director and Academic Principal at the London School of Business and Management, situated in Malet Street, which adjoins Torrington Place.

On behalf of the London School of Business and Management, we are delighted to fully support the Torrington Place to Tavistock Place traffic changes.  We employ over 70 staff and have over 1,200 students attending the college.

Before the trial started, our staff (including myself) witnessed quite a few cycling accidents.  Since the trial started our staff, students and visitors have benefitted from a safer cycling and walking environment.  We support the scheme and ask you to ensure that the changes are made permanent.

Best regards,

John Fairhurst

BA PgDip MPhil MBA Solicitor SFHEA

Managing Director and Academic Principal