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UPDATE – RBKC are reviewing their decision to remove the bike lane along High Street Kensington.

Fox staff and the local community need your help!

The introduction of the Kensington High Street cycle lane transformed the commute for many of the Fox staff.  Over 20 Fox staff were able to cycle to work because of the improved safety for cyclists, through the introduction of the cycle lane. We have expressed our gratitude on several occasions to the Local Council. Unfortunately it was removed in the first week of December 2020. Costs of its implementation are estimated at £320,000, and costs of removal at £30,000. Despite the limited data available showing the scheme’s success, and the trial so incomplete that a crucial phase of its construction had not even begun, the lanes were ripped out, wasting some £350,000 of public money in the process.

Prior to its removal, and during its short life of approximately seven weeks, it was the only safe protected cycle lane in the entirety of the borough’s 207km of road.

We feel strongly that this is a short sighted decision by RBKC. It is hard to believe that such a backward step could take place middle of a pandemic when the Government is encouraging  people to work from home and not use public transport.  

As key workers, Fox staff are unable to work from home and if they do not have a safe route to work will have to use public transport.  I would like you to support us in campaigning to reinstate the cycle lane and expand it further across the Local Authority.  I truly believe schools in central London will lose staff if they are unable to find a safe and affordable methods of transport to get to work, particularly given how far away most staff live.    I know this is the case for many of our staff – and believe this problem will only get worse.   

Please communicate your thoughts here. It will take 2 minutes but will be a positive step towards cleaner air and safer travel for our whole community.

Additionally, please email your support for the reinstatement of the Kensington Cycle Lane, and other cycling infrastructure within the borough to:
cllr.elizabeth.campbell@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.cem.kemahli@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.emma.will@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.mary.weale@rbkc.gov.uk

 cllr.anne.cyron@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.kim.taylor-smith@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.johnny.thalassites@rbkc.gov.uk

cllr.catherine.faulks@rbkc.gov.uk

Please cc info@betterstreets4kc.org.uk

More info can be found here: https://betterstreets4kc.org.uk/wp-content/cache/all/campaigns/high-street-kensington/index.html

Below is an open letter we have written to our local councillors– outlining our support and the benefits to the whole community.