Safe Travel To And Through The Quarter
Getting to the Quarter
We are working 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.
These are 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 have already released details of their Streetspace plans which will repurpose London’s streets to increase capacity for walking and cycling during the recovery phase of coronavirus which includes construction of a strategic cycling including temporary cycle lanes on the Euston Road and the possibility of temporary cycles routes on Park Lane. Find out more about the Streetspace plan.
Calling all Walkers, Runners and Cyclists – We know that many of you already cycle and walk to work and would like to ask for your help to support others to do the same. We are especially interested in recommended and interesting routes from London’s major transport hubs for example Kings Cross to Baker Street. You can find out more about how to get involved and an example of one of the BakerStreetQ team member’s route here
If you can travel via foot or cycle TfL have put together the following resources:
TfL Travel Guidance – for those who need to travel here
TfL Restarting London Plan – find out about TfL’s restart plan to help London re-open carefully, safely and sustainably here.
TfL Briefing for Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Retail Businesses here
TfL Briefing for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses here
Chiltern Railways information – the main message is not travel by train unless they is no alternative. 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’re putting in place a number of facilities and exploring other activities in support of our members and their employees:
Increasing secure cycle storage – we’ve been working with Westminster City Council to identify new suitable locations across the area for cycle storage. Temporary racks are now in place on Dorset Street/Baker Street, Manchester Square, Blandford Street/Baker Street (East and West) 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.
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.
We are planning to run a webinar and have preferential rates on the services offered by Bikeworks for our members. To help us to develop this programme please complete this survey. Or contact us [email protected].
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 will also be in 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.