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Assembly launches investigation into cyclist safety in London

With 16 deaths on the capital’s roads last year and injuries also on the rise, where is London going wrong on cyclist safety? What more needs to be done to make Londoners safer on their bikes? And what could the capital learn from cities with good cycling records?

The London Assembly Transport Committee has recently launched an investigation aimed at drawing together issues around cycling in the capital, assessing how effectively improvements are being delivered, and identifying further solutions.

The Mayor is evasive and misleading on Murdoch links

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on reports that Boris Johnson failed to declare to the London Assembly a dinner he attended at Rupert Murdoch's home just days before the Metropolitan Police launched a new inquiry into phone hacking, said:

“Boris Johnson failed to declare the hospitality he received from Rupert Murdoch in both his monthly report to the London Assembly, and in the GLA's Register of gifts and hospitality. In addition to this evasiveness he then provided a misleading written answer to a London Assembly Member.

TfL backs Olympic homeworking...except for its own staff

Caroline Pidgeon features in a BBC London report on the news the TfL is heavily encouraging Londoners to work from home during the Olympics... but demanding that its own backroom staff come to the office.

Caroline told the BBC:

Mayor makes a poor start on cycle safety

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s response to her questions about his plans to implement the three key policies of the London Cycling Campaign’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign, said:

“The Mayor might have signed up to the London Cycling Campaign Love London, Go Dutch campaign but there is a huge gap between his pledge and actual delivery on the ground.

The Olympics - a chance to embrace imaginative flexible working

Writing for the London Loves Business website, Caroline Pidgeon points to the opportunities the Olympics provide for fresh thinking about flexible working - which could have a lasting impact on making London a better place to live and work.

Caroline says:

Oyster overcharging costs passengers millions - again

Passengers using Oyster Pay As You Go were ripped off by many millions of pounds last year at tube and train stations across the capital.

Passengers wrongly faced maximum fares for their journeys at every London Underground and National Rail station, with the weekly amount of incorrectly charged maximum fares exceeding more than £1 million.

Across London Underground, National Rail network stations, the DLR and London Overground stations, the total amount of maximum fares charged reached a staggering £63,950,000 in 2011.

Caroline supports campaign for Dutch-style cycling revolution

Caroline joined an estimated 10,000 cyclists in the Big Ride in central London in support of the 'Going Dutch' campaign organised by the London Cycling Campaign.

The massive crowd, representing every age and background, braved at-times atrocious weather to be part of the UK’s largest-ever bike ride supporting safer streets for cycling. Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick and Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats also took part, reinforcing the strong support of the Liberal Democrats to safer streets for Londoners.

Caroline was one of the first politicians to formally endorse the campaign and over the last four years has repeatedly raised issues relating to cycle safety in her work on the London Assembly.

You can read more about the London Cycling Campaign Go Dutch campaign, and sign the petition, at the LCC's website.

We need more Youth Hubs like the Harrow Club

On Wednesday Caroline Pidgeon joined London Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick and former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown and met young people to talk about issues that concern them and about the Lib Dem plans for Youth Hubs in every Borough In London

The visit took place at Harrow Club in Ladbroke Grove and included a chat with the group Hard Talking Ex-Cons, reformed ex-offenders who formed the group to work with youngsters and encourage them to follow the right path.

The club is a wonderful place for young people to go and such clubs should be supported across London.

Q&A with young Londoners

Caroline joined Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg MP, Simon Hughes MP, Brian Paddick and Cllr Duwayne Brookes at a Q&A session with young Londoners at the Ministry of Sound on Tuesday.

The Lib Dem team for London and nationally were grilled on lots of issues from job and training opportunities to support for young entrepreneurs.

Lib Dems to create Youth Hubs funded by banks and luxury hotel guests

Launching the Lib Dem manifesto for the London elections in May with mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, Caroline Pidgeon highlighted the Lib Dems' plans to create Youth Hubs across London:
"Our Youth Hubs plan is one part of the London Liberal Democrats' positive vision for London.

“We have radical plans to tackle the big issues facing Londoners, from crime to housing, transport to jobs.

“A vote for the London Liberal Democrats is a vote for keeping fares low, tackling unemployment and building thousands of new homes.

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