Although Camden Council are receiving a lot of support and compliments on the Tavistock scheme from the cycling community and from pedestrians who like the greater safety, lower pollution and general feel of the area, Camden tell us they are also receiving a lot of protests from the taxi trade and others about the loss of road space for motors. Camden Cyclists have therefore decided lo launch this counterbalancing campaign in collaboration with local members of Living Streets.
The Safer Bloomsbury campaign is modelled on the very successful CyclingWorks campaign organised earlier this year by Islington LCC members, which had a very positive impact on the decision to proceed with the excellent E-W and N-S Superhighways now under construction. The campaigning approach is to ask people who use the Tavistock/Torrington cycle tracks, as well as walkers in the area, to persuade their employer, the head of their college or chair of a residents’ association to write to Camden supporting the scheme. The Safer Bloomsbury Campaign is backed by a website (saferbloomsbury.org.uk) and by a leaflet (attached) describing how people can take action.
The first Safer Bloomsbury event will be an all-morning leafleting, survey and photo session on Thursday 10th December at Byng Place and the nearby junctions from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please come along for a chat, or to help with leafletting or surveying if you have time. This is the flyer we’ll be distributing: Flyer for 10 December.
Please lend the Safer Bloomsbury Campaign your support in every way you can. The attached leaflet and website should give you some ideas. If you work, study or live in Camden or adjacent boroughs and you use or plan to use Tavistock Place for your journeys, please consider approaching your employer/college/residents’ association for a letter of support as described there.