Healthy Streets News, Issue 5

In this issue:

1. More School Streets in the pipeline in Wandsworth  

2. Latest data shows Hackney has the highest proportion of adults cycling regularly of any London borough

3. Traffic reduced and cycling increased within Islington’s Canonbury West LTN + motorised traffic also reduced overall across boundary roads

4. Almost all Inner London now covered by 20mph Speed Limits

5. Ealing Council removes 7 LTNs and Tower Hamlets decides against introducing any more

6. New research – Londoners injured in road crashes halved in LTNs

7. Coalition news – updates on what our partner groups are doing

  • London Cycling Campaign calls for rapid action on dangerous junctions and Climate Safe Streets
  • CPRE London on why car-free cities will save the countryside
  • Footways and London Living Streets reveal new walking routes
  • Possible’s survey explores public attitudes to traffic filters
  • Sustrans in London helps to improve walking and cycling safety in Lambeth
  • Future Transport London and Sustrans support launch of ‘Don’t Cut the Bus’ campaign
  • RoadPeace hosts ‘Voice of Crash Victims’ webinar
  • Wheels for Wellbeing wins ‘Charity of the Year’ at Croydon’s Civic Awards

New School Streets in the pipeline for Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council is planning to make 19 School Streets permanent and may launch a further seven this autumn/winter. The intention is to include 50% of the borough’s primary schools in the School Streets programme by 2025. Neighbouring borough LBRUT has decided to make 12 out of 14 of its trial School Streets permanent (one will be discontinued and the other will remain under review). Sutton Council will be introducing 10 School Streets from November.

Latest data shows Hackney has the highest proportion of adults cycling regularly of any London borough

New DfT statistics covering mid-November 2019-2020 show Hackney had the highest proportion of adults regularly cycling of any London borough. Sixteen per cent of adult residents cycled at least three times a week and 11% cycled at least five times a week. This East London borough also had the biggest rise in cycling rates in England, with a third of residents riding a bike once a week, up from 23% the previous year.  (Other news: last month Hackney Council closed Stoke Newington Church Street to polluting daytime through-traffic through the introduction of a bus gate.)

Traffic reduced and cycling increased within Islington’s Canonbury West LTN + motorised traffic also reduced overall across boundary roads

Comparing data from July 2020, two months prior to the start of the Canonbury West People-Friendly Streets trial, with figures from June 2021, a report published by Islington Council shows traffic has fallen on roads within the LTN by 46% overall, cycling on the internal roads has increased by 58% and rates of speeding have fallen by 12%. Traffic also fell on boundary roads surrounding the neighbourhood by 14% overall. (Other news: A report on 13 of Islington’s School Streets reveals children have enjoyed cleaner air, with nitrogen dioxide levels falling outside all of them between January 2020 and June 2021.)

Almost all Inner London now covered by 20mph Speed Limits

The latest digital speed map for London shows the continuing advance of 20mph speed limits across the capital. TfL has recently reduced speed limits on the Red Route roads it controls in the Congestion Charging Zone to 20mph and has consulted on plans to do the same on all its roads in Westminster. As part of its Lowering Speed Limits programme TfL is progressing plans to lower the speed limit by 10mph on Red Route network locations across London and will begin works later this year on schemes in Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Croydon. By March 2024, TfL aims to lower the speed limit on a further 140km of the TfL network, including 37 town centre locations, with the aim of providing “safer, more pleasant environments for people to travel within London”.

Ealing Council removes 7 LTNs and Tower Hamlets decides against introducing any more

Ealing Council has begun work to remove seven Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (two LTNs are, however, proposed to be made permanent) in a retrograde move that has been condemned by active travel campaigners. In other disappointing news, Tower Hamlets Council has decided against introducing any new Liveable Streets projects in the borough. The seven schemes that are underway will be reviewed and changes possibly made before they are completed. Brick Lane Road closures will stop completely this month.

New research – Londoners injured in road crashes halved in LTNs

Researchers who used police injury data to investigate the impacts of the 2020 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in London found they were “associated with a substantial decline in road traffic injuries”.

Healthy Streets Scorecard coalition news

London Cycling Campaign calls for rapid action on dangerous junctions and Climate Safe Streets
•    The London Cycling Campaign’s ride last month saw almost 1,000 people at the Holborn site of Dr Marta Krawiec’s death protesting to the Mayor of London, and to London Councils, for their inaction on junctions known to have been dangerous to cyclists for decades. LCC’s petition calling on the Mayor of London and the Chair of London Councils to take rapid action on dangerous junctions and deliver a “Vision Zero” capital free from fatal road collisions has gained more than 8,000 signatures.
London Cycling Campaign's 'Dangerous Junctions' protest ride from Silk Street to Holborn. Photo credit: LCC
•    London Cycling Campaign will be continuing its 'Climate Safe Streets' campaign in the run-up to next year's London borough elections. The data published by City Hall showing which London boroughs are most at risk from flooding and heating over the next decade and this summer's flooding in the capital underline the urgency with which the climate crisis needs to be tackled. Yet far too many London boroughs (many of whom have declared Climate Emergencies) are distinctly lacking in action.
CPRE London on why car-free cities will save the countryside
•    CPRE London published this blog on Car Free Day on why compact, car-free cities will save our countryside.

Footways and London Living Streets reveal new walking routes
•    Footways and London Living Streets have revealed a network of walking routes for Hackney and Islington that connect key destinations, stations and green spaces with the boroughs' most attractive and accessible streets. This was marked by a walk during the London Car Free Day festivities between the two town halls with councillors, residents and local campaigners. Plus, London North Eastern Railway became the first major train company to distribute Central London Footways Maps.

Possible's survey explores public attitudes to traffic filters
•    Survey research conducted by Possible in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds shows public attitudes towards traffic filters are overwhelmingly positive in neighbourhoods that have lived with them for years. In London, more than three-quarters (78%) of households surveyed wanted to keep their local traffic filters, with just 16% wanting them removed. And nearly three-quarters of those surveyed in the capital thought their filtered street was safe (71.3%).

You can let your Council know that you want them to take action to introduce more traffic filters/Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in your area using Possible's quick and easy tool.
Source: Possible
•    Possible built a pop-up parklet on World Car Free Day with help from the Parents' Air Quality and Road Safety Group of Hackney New Road Primary School.
Possible's pop-up parklet in Hackney on World Car Free Day. Photo credit: http://paulasiqueiraphotography.com/
•    Possible's new report, 'Paris, London, NYC: people, parks and parking', with the Active Travel Academy, looks at how much land could be converted into public green space if we didn't have so many car parking spaces. AND Possible's new interactive map brings together stories of Car-Free cities from around the world.
Sustrans in London helps to improve walking and cycling safety in Lambeth
•    Sustrans in London has worked with Lambeth Council and TfL using a Healthy Streets approach to make changes to heavily-trafficked residential Rosendale Road. The improved infrastructure, which includes protected cycle lanes, has resulted in less congestion and better air quality.

•    'Best foot forward', a new report from the Centre for Ageing Better produced in partnership with Sustrans, explores the barriers and enablers to active travel among 50-70 year olds.

•    On World Car Free Day, Sustrans organised a series of street parties at six schools across Tower Hamlets, so thousands of children could enjoy car-free streets.
Sustrans in London at one of the street parties in Tower Hamlets. Photo credit: Sustrans in London
Future Transport London and Sustrans support launch of 'Don't Cut the Bus' campaign
•    Sustrans and Future Transport London supported the launch of the London TravelWatch Alliance 'Don't Cut the Bus!' campaign calling for bus services to be protected against the threat of radical cuts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

RoadPeace hosts 'Voice of Crash Victims' webinar
•    RoadPeace organised a 'Voice of Crash Victims' webinar in National Road Victim Month.

Wheels for Wellbeing wins 'Charity of the Year' at Croydon's Civic Awards
•    Wheels for Wellbeing has won the Charity of the Year category at the Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards, which celebrate community heroes across the borough. The charity has also been reviewing responses to its annual Inclusive Cycling Survey, the results of which will be published later this year.

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