At either end of the North–South Cycle Superhighway route, two very different organisations came together yesterday. The Institute of Physics and the parish of St John with St Andrew have both offered their support for the new safer cycle routes across the city.
The Institute of Physics is a scientific society, with a worldwide membership of over 50,000. Currently the IoP is based in Portland Place, but they have will relocate to King’s Cross in 2016. Kate Meehan, Managing Director for IOP Enterprises, said the new plans fitted with the Institute’s ‘Green travel plan’ which formed part of their planning application.
At the southern end of the North–South route, the Church of England parish of Waterloo, St John with St Andrew have offered their support to the scheme. Canon Giles Goddard wrote in support of the scheme:
‘I write in support of the North-South segregated superhighway. The extraordinary growth in cycling over the last ten years has made it more urgent to improve provision for cyclists throughout London, both as part of the city’s fight against increasing carbon emissions and to increase safety for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
‘This parish includes the north side of St George’s Circus and the south-western side of Blackfriars Road. The congregation of St John’s, while supportive, does have some concerns about the relationship between the bus stops and cycle lanes, particularly on Blackfriars Road; we would like reassurance that the design and implementation will minimise any risk of an accident between pedestrian and cyclist.
‘But overall we hope that the proposals can be implemented as soon as possible.’