Penguin, Profile Books, U of Westminster support Cycle Superhighway plans

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Two publishers released support for the Cycle Superhighways today:

  • Penguin Random House is a major publisher with offices in Pimlico.
  • Profile Books is a leading independent publishing house based near King’s Cross.

These join DK and Simon & Schuster in urging the Mayor to build the Superhighways without delay. In addition,  one more London university also sent in a statement of support:

  • The University of Westminster is a major public research institution with four campuses across London.

This brings the total number of universities to support the plans up to three: Queen Mary University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine sent letters last month.

Below is the statement sent to TfL by Prof. Roland Dannreuther, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster fully supports the ‘Cross Rail for Bikes’ proposals. Sustainability is a key element in the University’s vision for the future and the safety and wellbeing benefits of this world-leading cycling infrastructure are greatly welcomed.

The University of Westminster was founded as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.

Like many organisations and businesses in London, a growing number of our over 22,000 students and staff cycle to get to our campuses in the West End and Harrow. An even larger proportion of them would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all staff and students. We support their freedom to choose how they get to work. We also note strong evidence that more cycling increases spending in local retail businesses and lowers air pollution levels. We would also highlight the compelling evidence given in recent British Cycling report ‘Benefits of Investing in Cycling’ produced by Dr Rachel Aldred, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.

The proposed north–south and east–west routes will help us attract and retain the students and staff our University needs to continue to thrive. They will also make London a more attractive city and a healthier city for all Londoners, whether they cycle or not.

‘Crossrail for Bikes’ is, on balance, great for our University and for London. Please make sure these plans are delivered, without delay.

Kind regards,

Prof. Roland Dannreuther
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities