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Healthy Streets News, June 2024

In this issue (scroll down for full details)

  • Get your free tickets: Scorecard launch event, Monday 15 July
  • New: Wheels4MeLondon – the accessible cycle loan scheme
  • The necessity of turning grey space to green: blog post and panel event
  • Check out Cycle Buddies, Cycle Sundays, and LCC are hiring!
  • Join the actions for Clean Air Day, 20 June

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2024 Scorecard data, your launch invite for 15 July

The Heathy Streets Scorecard team have collated the latest data from TfL, DfT, DVLA, ONS, Sports England and from London boroughs. We use this data to map, calculate and assess each borough’s input indicators (six key measures that will dramatically improve air quality, reduce road danger, boost active lifestyles and reduce carbon emissions) and the ensuing health of each borough’s streets – what we call outcome indicators.

By combining the scores for the ten indicators we give each borough a final Healthy Streets score which we will announce on Monday 15 July. Put the date in your diary and book your free place at the online event.

Wheels4MeLondon – the accessible cycle loan scheme

Wheels4MeLondon is a free cycle loan scheme for disabled people, that lends out non-standard cycles. It’s run in partnership by Healthy Streets Scorecard coalition partners; Wheels for Wellbeing and Sustrans, and Peddly My Wheels with funding by Motability Foundation. The types of cycles available include upright trikes and semi-recumbent trikes, with the fleet to be expanded to other models in the future. The scheme includes free delivery, a training session, insurance against theft or damage, and collection when finished.  More information

Converting grey space to green, to clean up our rivers & reduce flooding

The next four years are critical to tackling flooding and water pollution in London. To address these problems, London must urgently become a ‘Sponge City’. Read more about why, and how Londoners with front or back gardens can help in this CPRE London post.

CPRE London are hosting a panel event on Monday 24 June in central London to find how rain gardens and wetlands can improve water quality and alleviate flooding. Thames Water estimates we need to capture rain water from 7,000 hectares of hard (impermeable) surface so our rivers are not polluted with road run-off and sewage. Wetlands and rain gardens are part of the answer.  More information

Cycle Buddies

Cycle Buddies is a free-of-charge, online service that connects new cyclists with people who already cycle – get started, meet up, build confidence cycling today. Spread the word

Cycle Sundays

Transport for London is offering free and unlimited Santander Cycle rides for all Londoners every Sunday this June. London Cycling Campaign and other organisations have also provided free routes and rides to make 2024 the best cycling summer yet! Find out more

Marketing Communications Officer

LCC are hiring a Marketing Communications Officer – grow the campaign & change London for the better. Full time, permanent, £33,500 – deadline 10am Monday 17 June. Apply now

Clean Air Day: 20 June

Did you know that cars and vans are the biggest source of toxic chemicals in our air?

Air pollution can harm every organ in your body, causing heart and lung disease, dementia, and strokes.

You may be exposed to higher levels of air pollution because of where you live and certain people are more vulnerable to its affects (including children, the elderly, and people with health conditions).

According to official data, cars and vans are the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and some types of air pollution in the UK.

Ahead of this Clean Air Day (Thursday 20 June), visit the Clean Air Hub to learn more about how air pollution harms our health and the planet, and find out what you can do to protect yourself and your community.

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