BLOOMSBURY ROADS ARE LIKELY TO BE COMPLETELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ALONG SOUTH, EAST AND WEST BORDERS
It is important for local residents and businesses to know that due to TfL'sStreetspace for Londonplans, all major roads bordering the south, east and west sides of the east Bloomsbury area are likely to be closed to motor vehicles, apart from buses and emergency vehicles. BRAG supports walking and cycling initiatives - especially for improved air quality - but is concerned about the impact of these changes upon residents' quality of life, and particularly the impact on deliveries - we need our small shops and local businesses to survive Covid-19.
I am strongly in favour of a clean environment and safe, efficient cycling in Bloomsbury. My worry at the moment is that proposed road changes in the Judd Street, Tavistock area are being made without adequate attention being paid to the impact around these changes - importantly, I think that although the changes are claimed to be promoting the interests of cyclists and pedestrians they are in fact creating significant dangers and inconvenience to cyclists and pedestrians who don't happen to be commuters during the morning and evening cycle rush hour or who don't use the prescribed routes. I am also worried about the speed of cycling being encouraged by the 'superhighway' approach and the potential dangers to cyclists and pedestrians from this. Finally, I am concerned about the approach being adopted to 'consultation'. It is inevitable that the numbers of people who 'benefit' from these proposed changes will be greater than those who are harmed because of the scale of commuting. Numbers should not be the determining factor. The key question is to identify the nature of the potential harms e.g. those around the RNIB and to ask whether those harms can be justified - even if great numbers of people would benefit. Similarly, the experiences of those who live on these streets and spend many hours there each day should be weighted more than the views of those who spend 30 seconds each day passing through.