UCL pledges support for Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lanes
19 February 2016
UCL's President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur has written to
Camden Council to express UCL’s support for the new Tavistock Place and
Torrington Place cycle lanes.
12-month trial, roads connecting Tavistock Place and Torrington Place have become one way for motor vehicles with
the creation of additional space for cycling. UCL is now calling for
these changes to be made permanent.
UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur's letter to Camden Councillor Phil Jones is reproduced below.
Image: an artist's impression of how the finalised scheme could look.
19th February 2016
Dear Councillor Jones,
UCL's response to the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lane trial
I am writing on behalf of University College London (UCL) in support of the new road arrangements on Tavistock Place and Torrington Place. As one of the largest institutions in the Borough of Camden, with over 38,000 students and 11,000 staff, the local environment plays an integral role in supporting a healthy, productive and safe community.
The changes to the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place cycle lanes are providing a safer means of cycling to and from the campus, as well as creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment by removing a large number of vehicles. Many of our staff and students choose to cycle to work. We recognise the important contribution that this makes to their health and lifestyle, as well as the wider benefits to both UCL and London, by helping to tackle congestion and air pollution.
Evidence suggests that a larger proportion of UCL’s
community would cycle if they were provided with better facilities and felt
safer on London’s roads. UCL is already taking positive steps to play its part
in supporting this, by providing cycle training and improving our cycling
facilities. But there are wider infrastructure improvements which need to be
put in place by London’s key transport bodies in order to increase uptake in
cycling. In this regard, the new Tavistock Place and Torrington Place road
layout represents a major step forward. These changes will allow more of our
staff and students to enjoy cycling to work.
We recognise that the scheme also has wider benefits: it will help improve air quality, ensure that the roads are safer for pedestrians to cross, and create a more pleasant environment to work and study. Indeed, we believe that this scheme will provide the impetus to wider road improvements in the environs around UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, creating a safer and more pleasant area for all.
We will continue to encourage our students and staff to share their feedback with Camden Council to help shape the final layout of this scheme. Overall, UCL strongly welcomes the Tavistock Place and Torrington Place road improvements and is committed to working closely with Camden Council to ensure that these are made permanent.
UCL President and Provost
You can provide feedback on Camden's trial by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet your feedback using the hashtag #taviplace. Read more about the plans on Camden Council's website.