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Cable car usage is pitiful for a publicly funded project

As figures revealed that use of the Thames cable car has fallen nearly 50% compared to December 2012, Caroline Pidgeon, called for the service to be free for those whose travelcards include Zone Two, and said:

"Last week barely 2,000 people were using the cable car every day," she said. "The number of people using it has plummeted over the last year.

Cycle hire deal with Barclays was always one-sided

Commenting on the news that Barclays will not renew its sponsorship of the Cycle Hire scheme when the initial contract expires, Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC:

"Barclays have received immense benefits from the publicity given to the cycle hire scheme in its early years, but now that its performance is looking shaky they appear to be bailing out.

"Fundamental questions have to be asked as to how such a one-sided deal was ever struck between Transport for London and Barclays."

The key cycle safety statistic that the Mayor must focus on

Caroline Pidgeon AM, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the Mayor’s comments today about improving cycle safety in the capital said:

"I very much welcome TfL’s initiatives to ensure there are better designed lorries on London’s roads.

“TfL has immense purchasing power and anything it can do to improve the design of lorries has my total support.

TfL needs to be transparent on accident figures

Speaking for the London Assembly in response to figures showing that in the last year cycling casualties on the road have risen by 18%, and pedestrian casualties by 15%, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“There is nothing inevitable about cycling and pedestrian collisions resulting in death or serious injury. Cyclists are three-and-a-half times more likely to be killed in Britain than in the Netherlands.

Recent Cycle Hire usage figures are dismal

Commenting in the Evening Standard on figures showing that Cycle Hire usage is down for the fourth consecutive month - and 30% down compared to a year ago - Caroline Pidgeon said:

“A combination of poor performance in the running of the wcycle hire scheme and a hike in the membership fee for using the bikes has obviously turned many people away. I expect the recent cycle fatalities have also contributed to the fall in people who wish to hire bikes.

“The long-term success of cycle hire relies on the scheme’s sponsor contributing far more and for action to sort out the redistribution of bikes across the docking stations. Ensuring London’s roads are far safer is the final ingredient for turning around the recent dismal usage figures.”

After many painful fare rises, the Mayor finally does the right thing

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the 2014 fare package that has finally been published today, said:

“At long last the Mayor has finally done the right thing this year and ensured that fares rise on average by no more than the rate of inflation. After so many painful years of inflation busting fare rises this is the very least the Mayor should be doing to help Londoners.

Crossrail 2 must be 100% accessible

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the consultation results for Crossrail 2 showing 95% support for the scheme, said:

“It is great news that there is such overwhelming support for this much needed new rail link between south west and north east London.

Video: Challenging the Mayor to get cycle safety work done urgently

At November's Mayor's Question Time, Caroline Pidgeon pressed Boris Johnson to ensure that much needed cycle safety work is done urgently, without the long delays that have been seen so far.

Urgent action is needed on Aldgate-Bow cycle superhighway

Caroline Pidgeon has joined Assembly members from across parties in supporting the London Cycling Campaign's demonstration outside City Hall, calling for immediate action to make the Aldgate-Bow Cycle Superhighway 2 safe for cycling.

Read more here at the London Cycling Campaign's website.

Police Commissioner is out of touch with cycling community

Talking to the PoliticsHome website on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's comments that he would not cycle in London, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"Ultimately it is Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's own decision if he wishes to cycle or not in London, however what really concerns me about his comments is that they reveal how out of touch he is with London's growing cycling community or the many police officers who cycle every day."

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