We presented the campaign to The Knowledge Quarter (Advocacy and Communication subgroup).Four members of KQ had expressed support at the time of writing: Central St. Martin’s, SOAS, Springer Nature and UCL). We are hopeful that many more will do so.
View the presentation slides – or download them from SlideShare:
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
A novel way to record some of the lovely supporters of the new cycle tracks and people-friendly road layout.
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.