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Club Peloton

Dear Councillor Jones,

Club Peloton is a leading cycling events charity based in Brunswick Square. We organise endurance cycling events for the property industry and have been based in London for over 10 years.

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,

Nick Hanmer

CEO

Club Peloton

Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square

London WC1N 1AZ

Report on a Survey on reactions to the Tavistock Place Trial

In our survey in Byng Place on 10th December 2015, we interviewed 68 people; the vast majority arrived on foot and the vast majority were under 60.

Of this group a little over half (37/68) said that they never cycle in central London.

When asked whether they agree with how road space in Tavistock Place has been reallocated to provide space for cycling, we found 100% support from those who sometimes cycle in central London; and 86% (32/37) support from those who never cycle in central London.

Of the group surveyed, the vast majority (57/68) said they never drive a car or van in central London. The remaining 11 said they drive up to twice a week.

In relating support to the frequency of driving, we found 96% support from people who never drive a car or van in central London; and 73% from those who drive occasionally.

We also asked if this change means that some journeys by motor vehicle in the area would take longer, would that make any difference to your view?

We found that the possibility that the scheme might make some car journeys longer produced more responses in the ‘Don’t support’ and ‘Don’t know’ categories. But we found that support is still very high, at 84%, even if the changes may delay motor vehicles. Only five people were opposed to the scheme, the other six saying “don’t know”.

Regarding whether painted lanes or kerb separation might encourge people to try cycling, we found that  some measure of infrastructure, such as kerb separation,  might encourage people to try cycling. More frequent cyclists were less likely to feel that white lines afforded much safety and the majority felt that kerb separation gave them better protection.

Report and Survey

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

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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

Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College

Dear Councillor Jones and Camden Council,

We are members of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London, and write in strong support of the changes that Camden has made in traffic flow on Tavistock and Torrington Place.

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 for drivers. Indeed, one of us was hit by a car in the cycle lane at Gordon Square just before the change in traffic flow, and others have witnessed very serious accidents, with cyclists being hit by cars turning into Gordon Square. The two-way cycle path was hazardous enough that some department members deliberately avoided it, even though this added to the length of their commute along roads without cycle lanes.

The current arrangement, with wider cycle lanes on each side of the street, and a single one-way lane for motor traffic, is not only much safer, but also has made life for cyclists and pedestrians – both residentsandtourists-healthierandmorepleasant. Thecongestionalongthisstretchofroadhad become extreme over the last years, with a great deal of exhaust and noise from stopped traffic. As psychologists and neuroscientists, we are particularly aware of the damage that small particulate emissions have on cardiovascular and respiratory fitness; the increased stress from high levels of noise pollution is also a serious health risk.

The two-way cycle lane was also very dangerous and congested, and caused confusion with pedestrians trying to cross at the many intersections along this stretch of road. The current single-lane arrangement is much better; one minor suggestion for further improvement is to make the barriers between the south cycle and traffic lane more prominent, as the current small bumps are quite confusing for motorists. Additional signage at Bedford Way and Gordon Square would also be useful for guiding motorists.

As residents, workers, and commuters in Camden, 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,
Dr Frederic Dick (contact: f.dick@bbk.ac.uk)
Ms. Naomi Adams
Ms. Natalie Berger
Professor Rick Cooper
Ms. Nicole Cruz de Echeverria Loebell
Ms. Georgina Donati
Dr. Simon Green
Mr. Tobias Katus
Mr. Oliver Pain
Ms. Anna Peng
Mr. Avi Reisman
Professor Anne Richards
Mr. Nicholas Sexton
Dr. Alex Shepherd
Dr. Tim Smith
Dr. Adam Tierney
Dr. Eamonn Walsh

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

Big Sofa

Big Sofa is a leading Market Research Technology based in London Bridge.  We provide video and image analysis and have been based in London for over 7 years.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our 20 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 do everything we can to promote cycling within the workplace, but safe routes are by far the biggest obstacle.

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,

Andrew Larssen

Digital Director, Big Sofa LTD, SE1 1GD

Unspun

Unspun Ltd is a leading communications consultancy based in Soho.  We provide consultancy services and have been based in London for over 5 years.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our 20 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,

Richard Gray

Partner 

Unspun

The Courtyard Studio, 18 Marshall Street, London, W1F 7BE