British Veterinary Association supports space for cycling in London

bva-logoThe British Veterinary Assocaition (BVA)  is the leading professional body representing the UK veterinary profession, with over 15,000 members.  They are based in the heart of the West End and employ 30 staff.

BVA Chief Executive David Calpin released a statement today supporting TfL’s Cycle Superhighway plans.

calpinWe recognise the many benefits of cycling for our staff and for society as a whole: it improves health and fitness, it doesn’t harm the environment, it is affordable, and over short distances it is often quicker than driving or using public transport. That is why BVA provides cycle storage and shower facilities for our staff, and we also encourage staff to take advantage of tax-efficient bicyle purchase through the Cycle to Work scheme.

But as a responsible employer we are also concerned about the safety of our staff. It concerns us deeply that every day a number of our staff are effectively putting their lives at risk by commuting to work on London’s busy roads.

BVA therefore strongly supports the proposals for segregated East–West and North–South Cycle Superhighways and urges Transport for London to implement them as soon as possible. This would make commuting safer for our staff and would encourage more of our employees to take advantage of the many benefits which cycling offers. We believe these plans are good for business, for London and for all Londoners whether they cycle or not.