Well, at least two. This week I was focused on how we can get around London in a way that’s greener and kinder to our environment - and my journey led me to some interesting and fun discoveries.
The first ride was with PedalMe and this was so much fun. <[link removed]> They’re a pedal-powered passenger and cargo service and just one example of an innovation that can decrease our reliance on private car use.
The second ride was with Zipcar. You’ve probably seen branded cars like these <[link removed]> out and about and, again, car-sharing is another important way we can reduce emissions in London.
But it’s not all about cars. For instance, did you know that London is officially a National Park City?
I met up with the Founder of the organisation who earned the city the status and spoke about their plans to make London “greener, healthier, and wilder” <[link removed]>. This fits well with my own plans for the city, where I hope to join the dots between green and wellbeing initiatives to make London a greener and kinder place to live.
And my green and clean theme didn’t stop there. I was impressed by Waltham Forest’s pedestrian and cycle-friendly “Mini-Holland” <[link removed]> and spent my Sunday cleaning up plastic from the River Thames. <[link removed]>
Read on to hear about London’s first Low Plastic Zone, Sadiq Khan’s failure to make the most of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone scrappage scheme and my speech on Brexit Day.
Lib Dem Candidate for Mayor of London
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London’s first ‘low plastic zone’ launched <[link removed]>
This is brilliant - if we can do it in one street, I’m sure we can do it in others too. We need London-wide coordination to meet our green ambitions.
Just £11m of Sadiq Khan's £25m ULEZ scrappage scheme to help low-income families replace older cars is due to be used by the time the daily £12.50 charge zone is extended across London next year <[link removed]>
This is so disappointing and yet another example of a good idea being wasted by poor implementation. We must start seeing green initiatives all the way through.
BENITA IN THE NEWS
Siobhan Benita says London is resilient and brilliant – as she calls for a London visa to help maintain its leading global position post Brexit (London Post) <[link removed]>
You can read the full speech on my website here. <[link removed]>
London mayoral candidates respond to EU exit on Brexit Day (London Guardian) <[link removed]>
Sadiq Khan calls Streatham terror attack ‘foreseeable and preventable’ as Benita and Stewart join debate (OnLondon) <[link removed]>
You can read my full statement and comment to BBC London here. <[link removed]>
Siobhan Benita Tough on Terrorism (Bloomberg) <[link removed]>
Streatham terror attack: London mayoral candidates agree public must feel safe on city’s streets <[link removed]>
Lib Dem candidate Siobhan Benita ‘impressed’ by Mini Holland <[link removed]>
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