Frequently Asked Questions
1) What exactly are the plans?
There is an East–West route and a North–South route that cross at Blackfriars Bridge. The consultation documents go over the proposed changes block by block, so you can easily find the section nearest to your place of business. The proposals are a massive improvement on any designs we have previously seen, but they are not perfect. If you see something in the designs which you think could be improved, feel free to include that information in your consultation response.
There are several good summaries of the proposed plans:
- TFL – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/cycle-superhighway-consultations
- Cycling Weekly
- Cyclist in the City (Danny Williams)
2) My organisation is not a business, can we write in?
Absolutely, individuals and any organisation can respond.
Any organisation that employs people in London will be affected to some degree by these plans, so it’s important that you speak up. Is your employer is a university? A hospital? A school or a non-profit? Have your Chief Executive or a similarly senior member of the team write in. This is a vital issue for many of your colleagues and not a party political issue: all of London’s major political parties support the plans.
3 ) I can’t get hold of our managing director to back this, can I still reply?
TFL actively solicit feedback both from individuals and organisations. Click on the TfL links above and fill it out the response simply stating that you work at your employer.
4) What objections might I hit internally?
Firstly let us stress that the best approach to this it to talk to other cyclists in the company and then ask your MD directly. This is an employee safety issue and managing directors care about the safety of staff. With your MD’s backing you then talk to PR.
The following are some objections you might have voiced to you with some ways to respond.
a) It’s too political – Not true the plans are from TfL and have cross-party support. They reflect the Love London, Go Dutch asks from the London Cycling Campaign that all of the mayoral candidates backed in the last election.This is an employee health and safety issue as well as an environmental one and it may be worth looking at your company CSR statement to see how it links into your principles.b) It’s not a COMPANY issue – Actually this is very much a COMPANY issue. Given the number of cyclists at your company in London, your employees need this type of infrastructure to get to work safely.c) ‘I am a cyclist and I don’t need cycles lanes’ – Some cyclists in your company (and possibly some of the most high-profile cyclists) MAY feel super confident about cycling on performance bikes in traffic. There is a mountain of evidence that most people don’t want to cycle in these conditions or feel scared if they do. The plans are about cycling for everyone.d) ‘We are not going to endorse a new business group’ – A) We are not one B) Put the statement up on your website no need to speak to us.
5) Are you a new cycling advocacy organisation?
No. Organisations that want to get more seriously involved in cycling advocacy in London should consider joining the excellent London Cycling Campaign. LCC offer corporate membership.
We simply represent the views of businesses that are speaking up publicly for the right of their staff to cycle safely to work.
6) Who is behind this site / initiative?
Chris Kenyon – Chris has lived in London for 40 years, is a father of two and leads sales and business development at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Chris joined Canonical in 2006 and has helped the business grow from 35 employees to a team of 650 doing business globally. When he is in the UK, he travels to work by bike.
Danny Williams – Danny works in the city in financial information. In his spare time, he is a prolific and respected commentator on travel issues in the City of London via his blog, Cyclists in the City.
Dr Tabitha Tanqueray – Dr Tanqueray is a consultant anaesthetist with a special interest in obstetric anaesthesia, medical education and simulation training. She practices at Homerton Hospital and cycles to work from home in North London.
Nick Kocharhook – Nick is a American who has fallen in love with London. He is a software developer by profession and gets to work in central London everyday by bike. He focuses on cycling in London on Twitter.
Jono Kenyon – Jono is a lighting designer based in North London. He works in a variety of London’s most interesting venues and gets around predominately by bicycle. He has been riding in London for over 30 years, and is a father of 2.