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Step-free access to half London's stations is not enough

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations will be step-free by 2018, said:

“Any progress on making more TfL rail and Underground stations step-free is obviously welcome.

“However we can hardly be complacent when the reality is that in three years’ time half of all TfL rail and Underground will still be permanently inaccessible to disabled people and the many other people who require step free access.”

Police must properly engage with the public on body camera trial

As a Freedom Of Information request revealed that just one person has given feedback to the Metropolitan Police's consultation of the use of body-worn cameras by officers, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The technology should make the police more accountable to the public and help route out police malpractices committed by a very small minority of police officers.

Cycle incident analysis exposes TFL's failure to invest in safe cycling infrastructure

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on a report by the insurance company Aviva which has analysed police road traffic collision data between 2009 to 2013 on London’s roads, said:

These figures confirm that cycling around many gyratories and especially roundabouts such as the Elephant and Castle is nothing less than a Tour de Danger for cyclists.

Mayor to consider Rotherhithe–Canary Wharf cycling bridge proposal

At Mayor's Question Time last week, Caroline Pidgeon expressed her support for a cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf - which would increase cycling, provide an alternative to the congested Jubilee line, and provide a river crossing where it is really needed.

The Mayor has agreed to review proposals for the "Brunel Bridge" by sustainable transport advocacy group Sustrans.

Public transport investment must be top priority for East London

A Transport for London consultation on new river crossings in east London, which closes this week, is far too centred around motorists and completely overlooks the need for significant improvements in public transport in south east London, is the key message made by Caroline Pidgeon AM, in the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group’s consultation response.

Common sense over bikes on the DLR is welcome news

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on today’s announcement that Transport for London, will permanently permit bicycles on off-peak Docklands Light Railway trains said:

“This is an incredibly welcome decision. I am not surprised at all that the recent trial allowing non-folding bicycles on the DLR has been a success as there was no real argument to support the total prohibition of bikes being allowed on the DLR.

Cycle superhighways need to be segregated and safe

Following the tragic death of a cyclist on Cycle Superhighway 2 at Aldgate East, Caroline Pidgeon told the BBC that the initial superhighways are flawed as they are "little more than blue paint put down on the road".

Caroline added: "London needs to rapidly learn from practices in Denmark and Holland and ensure we have widespread segregated cycling lanes and junctions that are safe for all road users."

Read the full article here at the BBC.

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