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Individuals from Marie Stopes International

Dear Councillor Jones,

We are writing as a group of the cyclists from our workplace, Marie Stopes International, which is based in the Bloomsbury area. We all frequently use the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place bicycle lane trial scheme.

The scheme has significantly improved our daily cycles, helping us feel much more safe, less stressed, and has generally made our commute significantly more enjoyable. Indeed, one of our senior staff broke their rib in an accident on the old cycle path due to the volume of cycle traffic.

We are confident that protected cycle lane initiatives such as this will encourage more cyclists from our workplace to make the choice to commute by bicycle as well, and that increasing cycling access and reducing traffic congestion and related pollution is a good thing for residents and workers in the area.

So collectively we are very pleased by the improvements the trial scheme has brought to Torrington Place / Tavistock Place. We would like you to make every effort to ensure that the scheme becomes permanent at the end of the trial.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Bower
Joan Summers
Maaike van Min
Tom Ellum
James Harcourt
George Hayes
Rosanna Buck
Kate Williams
Eleanor Robinson
Rebecca Harrison
Steven Lee
Mike Tsang
Catherine Adams
Vilde Aagenaes
Alissa Ferry
Martyn Ngwong
Alexandra Tindale
Amanda Couper
Georgina Lewis
Kevin Redmond
Anna Phillips
Aisha Dasgupta
Rob Hill
Matthew Wilson
Michael Possmayer
Andy Madley
Ned Winn-Dix
David Adams
Maurice Othulo
Claire Graham
Emily Newcombe

Employees of:
Marie Stopes International
1 Conway Street, Fitzroy Square
London W1T 6LP

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