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.
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