2014 RIBA Stirling Prize winners, Haworth Tompkins Architects have added their support for the proposed cycle ‘superhighways’ in London. Haworth Tompkins have been based in London for over 20 years. This year they were also named RIBA London Architect of the Year.
Directors of the practice Steve Tompkins, Graham Haworth, and Toby Johnson have joined other leading architects in calling for protected cycle lanes to be built. They sent this statement of support to TfL today (emphasis added):
Over half of our forty-five strong team cycle to work and a considerable number also cycle to meetings and site visits. Our collective journeys extend to many parts of London. Cycling provides a healthy, enjoyable way of travelling and is often faster and less expensive than alternative modes of transport. However, it is clear that London’s roads could be made safer for cyclists. Concern about the safety of the roads is the major factor deterring those in the practice who do not cycle from doing so.
We live, work and construct projects in London, and feel strongly about the quality of its built environment. We encourage measures that promote sustainable living and attractive places. The proposed cycleways will not only improve safety, but also bring long-term benefits to London such as improved air quality and a healthier workforce. They will make more space for both cyclists and pedestrians. The intended north-south and east-west routes would be convenient for use by members of our practice as well as our clients and other visitors to the studio.
We believe London’s streets should be safe and inviting enough for anybody to choose to cycle for everyday journeys and support the positive contribution that the proposed cycleways will make.