Safe Travel To And Through The Quarter
Getting to the Quarter
We have worked with our partners at TfL, Westminster City Council and the Portman Estate to develop solutions for safe travel to the Quarter by bike, foot and public transport.
We have focused on providing additional space for distancing at key transport hubs – including Baker Street station; adding cycling capacity and storage; adding space for pedestrians and encouraging off-peak and staggered travel to the area for office workers.
Transport for London put into place their Streetspace plans which have repurposed London’s streets to increase capacity for walking and cycling during this time which includes construction of a strategic cycling including temporary cycle lanes on the Euston Road and temporary cycles routes on Park Lane. Find out more about the Streetspace plan.
TfL have put together the following resources to help you and your customers to travel safely to the Quarter:
TfL Briefing for Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Retail Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses here
TfL Active Travel Toolkit here
TfL’s new travel planning app TfL Go
Chiltern Railways information – If you do need to travel, please follow the advice and guidance on this website
Biking to the Quarter
Many of you have told us how important cycling with be for your employees and your business as you return to the workplace. With this in mind, we’ve put into place a number of facilities and exploring other activities in support of our members and their employees:
Increased secure cycle storage – we’ve worked with Westminster City Council to place new cycle storage in suitable locations across the area. Temporary racks are now in place on Dorset Street/Baker Street, Manchester Square, Blandford Street/Baker Street (East and West), Old Quebec Street and Fitzhardinge Street/Baker Street. In addition to this, we are working with private land and building owners to explore opportunities to install secure cycle storage.
Bike storage location map – we have developed a map detailing all the new and existing locations of public access bike storage throughout the Quarter. You can view and share this here.
Cyclehoop Bikehangars – already installed in Chiltern Street – thanks to Westminster City Council and the GLA – Cyclehoop’s unique bike storage solution, the Bikehangar, protects up to six bikes from weather and vandalism, using the equivalent of half the space of a car parking bay. If this type of secure cycling storage is something that would be of interest to your business to invest in, please do let us know. It is worth noting that these require planning permission to be installed on the public highway or pavement but not if you have space for one on private property.
Q Parks – Secure Bike Parking – In addition Q Parks will ‘sell’ a company space if you want to hire a secure space for bike parking in one of their car parks – the nearest being Harley Street and Marble Arch – detail here: https://www.q-park.co.uk/en-gb/bicycle-parking/
Bikeworks – we are excited to be working with Bikeworks – a London-based social enterprise, who offer a range of programmes and activities to encourage people to travel more actively, safely and sustainably. Their programmes include everything from Dr Bike cycle maintenance sessions through to workshops and webinars, debunking myths around cycling, as well as individual accompanied rides and group training sessions – all with the aim of building confidence in cycling around the capital.
A Clean and Safe Environment
We will continue to ensure the high standards of the public spaces of the Quarter providing reassurance to those returning that it is well managed and safe. Our efforts have been refocused and stepped up for the recovery period. The duties of our Street Safety Team and Street Environment Manager continue to provide customer friendly assistance, reassurance and advice on the ground while also now encouraging distancing. Additional cleaning regimes have also taken place along with proactive management of key spaces. Trouble shooting and sharing of information with Council and Police has been stepped up along with resilience planning for any future lockdowns.