1)  Speak to other employees who cycle to work.  Together ask someone empowered to speak for your organisation to write to Transport for London to show your support for these plans. (A  Managing Director, Partner, CEO,  Director will usually be able to do this.)

2) Use one of the templates below as a starting point for your letter to TfL. When you are done, send it to consultations@tfl.gov.uk. Make sure that you mark your email or letter clearly ‘For Consideration’ so they know to include it in the consultation as an official response.

3) Please CC Andrew.Gilligan@london.gov.uk and us at info@CyclingWorks.London. That way, we’ll know that you are standing up and being heard!

There are three templates below

  1. Standard template
  2. Retail template
  3. Healthcare template

1. Standard Template

(Click here to open in your email client.)

To: consultations@tfl.gov.uk
CC: Andrew.Gilligan@london.gov.uk,  info@cyclingworks.london
Subject: FOR CONSIDERATION – Proposals for the new North-South and East-West Cycle Superhighways

Body: Dear Transport for London,

[INSERT business name] is a leading  [INSERT type of business] based in  [INSERT area of London].  We provide [INSERT service] and have been based in London for over [INSERT age] years.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our [INSERT headcount] employees cycle to work. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle to the office if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

We value their safety and we want to promote active lifestyles for all our employees. 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.

The kerb protected cycle lanes along the north–south and east–west routes will help us attract and retain the employees our business needs to continue to thrive. They will also make London a more attractive city in which to build and run our business.

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

Kind regards,

[Name]
[Title]
[Company]
[Postcode]


2. Retail Template

(Click here to open in your email client.)

To: consultations@tfl.gov.uk
CC: Andrew.Gilligan@london.gov.uk,  info@cyclingworks.london
Subject: FOR CONSIDERATION – Proposals for the new North–South and East-West Cycle Superhighways

Body: Dear Transport for London,

As the [CEO / Partner / Sales Director] of [My Company, Inc.], I am proud of our role in the the economy of London and our local community. We sell [INSERT product] at over [INSERT store count] locations across the capital.

Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our [INSERT headcount] employees cycle to work. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

It is also clear that more and more of our customers cycle to us. Evidence globally is overwhelming that cyclists and pedestrians spend more with local retailers and businesses than car drivers. We want to see this part of our trade grow.

We value employee satisfaction, health, and freedom and that’s why we endorse the plans outlined by TfL to create new segregated routes through the heart of the city.

The kerb protected cycle lanes along the north–south and east–west routes will help us attract and retain the employees our business needs to continue to thrive. They will make London a more attractive city in which we can build and run our business.

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

Kind regards,

[Name]
[Title]
[Company]
[Postcode]


3. Healthcare Template

(Click here to open in your email client.)

To: consultations@tfl.gov.uk
CC: Andrew.Gilligan@london.gov.uk,  info@cyclingworks.london
Subject: FOR CONSIDERATION – Proposals for the new North–South and East-West Cycle Superhighways

Body: Dear Transport for London,

As the [CEO / Partner / Clinical Director] of [Bunbury Hospital], I am proud of our role in the life of London and our local community.

We employ over [100 staff and physicians], many of whom choose to cycle to work. An even larger proportion of our team would cycle if they felt comfortable and safe on the roads.

We value employee satisfaction, health, and freedom and that’s why we proudly endorse the plans outlined by TfL to create two new segregated routes through the heart of the city.

As an organisation involved in healthcare, we are excited about this opportunity to tackle London’s obesity epidemic head-on. The kerb protected cycle lanes along the north–south and east–west routes will make active travel a real option for everyone, not just the young and fit.

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 they can be delivered as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

[Name]
[Title]
[Organisation]
[Postcode]

4) Flyer template

The following is a simple Flyer_29Sep