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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."

Mayor needs to come clean over how Tube changes will really impact on passengers

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on recently announced changed to the London Underground said:

Mayor needs to face up to past mistakes over cycle safety

Commenting on the Mayor’s response to questions from herself and other Assembly Members relating to cycle safety, Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:

It is bitterly disappointing that after an hour of questioning the Mayor cannot simply admit that serious mistakes have been made in the past over the design of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways, especially Cycle Superhighway 2.

Making our roads safe for everyone

In a Liberal Democrat Voice article for World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims, Caroline Pidgeon discusses the dangers to both cyclists and pedestrians on London's roads.

She concludes:

Rotherhithe gridlock progress is welcome, but more is needed

Local Liberal Democrats held discussions with Transport for London at City Hall this week to demand action to tackle the daily gridlock on Jamaica Road and the Rotherhithe peninsula.

Lib Dem councillors and representatives from Simon Hughes MP's office attended the talks on Tuesday (12 November), hosted by Leader of the GLA Liberal Democrats Caroline Pidgeon AM.

TfL used the meeting to discuss early ideas for changes at the roundabout after on-going complaints about queues going into Rotherhithe tunnel blocking access.

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