The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. From their campus in Bloomsbury, the school works to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. In October 2013, the School was rated the top researched-focused graduate school in the world by the Times. It celebrates its 115th anniversary this year.
Professor Baron Peter Piot is the Director of the School. He released a statement today strongly supporting TfL’s cycle superhighway plans:
As in many organisations in London, a fast growing number of our employees cycle to work. An even larger proportion would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads. That is why we proudly endorse the plans outlined by TfL to create two new segregated routes through the heart of the city.
Moreover, much research at our institution has found many benefits to cycling. We are excited about this opportunity to improve the health of Londoners by encouraging more people to use a bicycle to get across London. The proposed cycle routes will make active travel a real option for everyone, not just the young and fit.
In summary, these plans are good for our organisation, for London’s health and for all Londoners whether they cycle or not.
We support the plans and hope they can be delivered without dilution or delay.