LB Camden proposes to pedestrianise Stukely Street between Drury lane and Smarts Place also including the short streets on either side of International House. Stukely Street is already closed to motor vehicles at Drury Lane with a short pedestrianised area leading to the closure.
The entrance will be protected by removable bollards (to allow emergency vehicles to enter).
They say that seating and cycle stands will be provided and trees will be planted if conditions allow.
No mention is made as to whether cycling will be permitted, although it’s clear that cyclists will be able to access Stukely Street(as they can at the moment from Drury Lane).
We think that increasing of the area which is to be unavailable to motor vehicles is an excellent idea for this location.
However the consultation document refers to ‘vehicles’, so we are unclear as to the intention with respect to cycles. It is currently permissible to cycle in the area covered by the proposal including the existing pedestrianised area. We therefore ask that cyclists will indeed continue to be allowed to cycle in the area. In practice, most would be cycling in and parking and later cycling out as this isn’t really on a route to anywhere particular.
Additional cycle stands will be very welcome as students arriving for classes at the various educational buildings often have trouble finding anywhere to park.