LONDON mayoral candidate Jenny Jones visited Hillingdon this week to see how cycling could be improved in the borough.
The Green Party London Assembly Member arrived in West Ruislip on Monday morning before joining cyclists for a pedal through Ickenham to Uxbridge.
Ms Jones was influential in developing the capital’s cycle hire scheme in 2007, before Boris Johnson was elected mayor, and claims to have persuaded former mayor Ken Livingstone to invest in it.
She said: “The first step in getting people to cycle is to make them feel safe on the roads. Hillingdon is ideal as a flagship neighbourhood cycling area, concentrating on encouraging people to get out of their cars for everyday journeys like the school and shopping runs.
“Safe cycle routes for schools, permeability to town centres and 20mph streets are all positive methods to promote cycling. With a little encouragement, people will see that cycling is a fun, cheaper and healthier alternative than gas guzzling cars.”
Ms Jones has sat on the London Assembly since it was established in 2000. She is one of two Green Party members, along with colleague Darren Johnson.