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.
Universities & Colleges Employers Association
20, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9HU
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
13-16 Manchester Street,
London W1U 4DJ
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.
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Managing Director and Academic Principal