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Walking incentive is a welcome step forward from TfL

Lib Dem Leader on the London Assembly, and Transport Committee chair, Caroline Pidgeon AM, today welcomed Transport for London’s plans to reward people who make their journey on foot or by bike under a new incentive scheme, saying:

“This incentive scheme is a very welcome step by Transport for London as it is exactly the kind of thing I pushed for in my report on walking last year.

“Around a quarter of all journeys in the capital are already made on foot but rewarding people with offers and discounts should help get even more Londoners walking.

Catford residents win battle for safety at the Tiger's Head junction

Campaigners are celebrating after Transport for London (TfL) finally agreed to make improvements to a dangerous road junction in Catford.

For years the local Residents' Association, Lib Dem councillors and Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon have been calling for better pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Bromley Road and Whitefoot Lane, the former site of the Tiger's Head. There have been numerous accidents and 'near misses' at the junction.

Caroline Pidgeon the chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee said, "After six years of false promises from both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, it is wonderful that much-needed pedestrian improvements will finally be made to this dangerous junction.”

Blackfriars Bridge needs to be safe for cyclists and pedestrians

Caroline recently joined more than 2000 cyclists in a 'flashride' protest against the Mayor's plans for Blackfriars Bridge which threaten to make the crossing far more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Caroline was also joined by Brian Paddick, the newly selected Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate.

No excuses for Tube policy of not helping visually impaired people

The London24 website has obtained an internal memo revealing London Underground's policy of not providing assistance to people with visual impairments during the rush hour at Victoria.

Caroline Pidgeon commented:

Incredibly, only last week the mayor was boasting that the London Underground was becoming more accessible for visually impaired people. As chair of Transport for London he must ensure that this guidance is immediately withdrawn.

Cycle hire scheme a long way from being self-funding

The Evening Standard reports that the cycle hire scheme is now expected to raise only £7m in revenue this year, compared to the £18m originally forecast, because TfL overestimated the lengths of journeys.

Caroline told the Standard:

It is clear that the Mayor's pledge that the scheme would be self funding isn't going to happen any time soon.

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