Take action: Save Tavistock Place in one minute
- By SimonM on at 3:41pm 14 September 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs, Camden
- Tagged with: taxis, consultations, camden, cycle superhighways, #TaviPlace
- Boroughs: Camden
(Picture credit: Josh Blacker)
Want to save the iconic #TaviPlace cycle tracks from cabbies who just want to avoid the Euston Road? Want a nicer place to live, work, cycle and walk, not a traffic-choked ratrun?
Go to the consultation page here and fill out the consultation before 21 October. It takes just one minute!
You could also add in the comments on Q8 that you want to ensure tracks and pavements are high quality, that junction “hook risks” are avoided and that traffic volumes and speeds of motor vehicles are both kept low. You could also suggest an improvement from the current scheme would be to find ways to avoid having loading/delivery bays in the track.
The cycle tracks on Torrington Place, Byng Place, Gordon Square and Tavistock Place in Camden, running from Gower Street in the west to Judd, are probably some of the most popular in London outside of the new Cycle Superhighways. But Camden’s Tavistock and Torrington Place scheme is now under threat from taxi drivers determined to see the scheme ripped out.
Camden’s bold move in November 2015 saw the old bidirectional track on one side of the road turned overnight into a one-way track. At the same time, semi-segregated “armadillos” were bolted into the road and one lane of traffic going westbound was replaced with a semi-segregated cycle track going the other way. At a stroke, Camden Council removed over half of the through traffic that had been blighting this east-west route – often cabbies trying to avoid Euston Road – and doubled the capacity of the cycle track, and improving safety by dealing with most of the junction hook risks.
In the 10 months since, #TaviPlace has soared in popularity as the extra track capacity enabled far more people to cycle through the area safely (some cycle counts are up over 50%, over all counts cycling is up nearly 15% already). On top of that, these roads are genuinely nicer to walk, work and live on – because of less traffic noise, pollution etc.
The experimental traffic order is now subject to formal consultation – for an improved scheme with stepped tracks instead of the current temporary measures and kerbed track – as the above visualisation shows. But taxi drivers, including The LTDA, are organising to scupper the scheme – just so they can get to the rank at nearby stations easier. They’re blitzing residents with leaflets and running incredibly biased surveys (which you could always answer if you want!). Don’t let them win.
Sadly, some residents, particularly on Judd Street, are also up in arms about the scheme – due to displaced traffic. Our view is that Camden is proposing several schemes in the area aimed at reducing or removing through traffic – and residents should get behind those and the Tavistock Place scheme.