2021 Scorecard results overview

The Healthy Streets Scorecard ranks London Boroughs on how healthy their streets are according to nine indicators (four ‘outcome’ and five ‘input’ indicators).

This page gives a London-wide overview of the 2021 Scorecard results and shows the final Healthy Streets scoresĀ for 2021, alongside results from 2019 and 2020.

Summary indicator results. All the 2021 charts on one page.

Your borough results. Read a commentary on the 2021 results for your borough.

Interim reports. Read our periodic data updates on select indicators.

2021 Scorecard: London-wide results

In terms of the key London-wide outcomes campaigners are tracking, the changes from 2020 to 2021 Scorecard data (reflecting changes during the year boroughs put in place emergency measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic), show:

  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
    A huge effort from some councils. Hackney now has 55% coverage in areas suitable for an LTN. Waltham Forest, Newham, Islington and Southwark are also delivering significant action. Bottom are Croydon, Barking and Dagenham and Bexley, all under 5%.
  • 20mph Speed Limits
    Strong action from Richmond, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. 18 boroughs now have 70% or more borough-managed roads with 20mph speed limits. Bottom are Barnet and Bromley at 5%. Hillingdon, Bexley and Havering don’t score much more.
  • Controlled Parking Zones
    Five boroughs (including the City) have 100% of streets with controlled parking. Nine boroughs are now over 80%. Inner London borough Lewisham is lower than many Outer London boroughs (21%) and too many boroughs are doing little or nothing. Bromley comes last with 8%.
  • Physically Protected Cycle Track
    Some boroughs are showing the way like Waltham Forest (12%) and Enfield (11%) in installing separated cycle track. Of the 33 London local authorities, business district the City tops the chart on this measure, with 21% of overall road length with protected tracks. But mainly very poor results all round. Kensington and Chelsea are bottom with less than 1%.
  • School Streets
    A fantastic effort from many councils. Outer London borough Merton tops the table with 41% of schools with traffic-free streets at arrival and departure times. Islington (40%) and Hackney (39%) are not far behind. Bexley and Sutton are bottom with 0%.

Huge divergence in action among London boroughs on measures to improve streets

The results also highlight huge disparities on borough action and outcomes even comparing only inner (or outer) London boroughs to each other.

  • In Inner London, Islington is the leader in actioning healthier streets followed closely by Hackney and Camden in the overall results for 2021. These boroughs have done well to introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and traffic-free streets around schools. They still have much more to do, though. Lewisham once again scores lowest of the Inner London boroughs with Newham and Haringey not far ahead.*
  • In Outer London, accolades go to Waltham Forest with Merton and Richmond not far behind. Hillingdon, Havering, Redbridge and Bexley are the bottom of the table again in 2021, with little sign of improvement.

*NOTE: The City of London scores well in many indicators but it is not primarily a residential borough and it was felt that comparisons with the other London Boroughs may be unhelpful. So, while the City’s scores are set out in the data and graphs and reflected in the commentary for all Inner London, the commentary does not always reflect the results from the City for individual indicators.

The graph below shows the final factored scores for 2019, 2020 and 2021, differentiating Inner and Outer London boroughs by colour. This helps show how boroughs are doing in relation to one another.
Note that for comparison the 2020 and 2021 factored scores include the School Provision indicator, but the 2019 factored scores do not.

Scorecard (factored score) chart explained

In the chart above, each borough has been given a factored score. Factor scores are composite variables which provide information about a borough’s placement on a scale. Factor scores are given by F=XB, where X is the indicator normalised score for a borough and B is the factor score coefficient (or weight). Each indicator is weighted as 1, or 0.5 if there are two parts to one indicator, for example Modeshare has a weighting of 1, Active travel – walking has a weighting of 0.5 and Active travel – cycling has a weighting of 0.5. The borough’s total factored score is the sum of all indicator factored scores which is then factored to 10 (multiplied by the number of indicators/10) to give a value on the scale between zero and 10. We can then compare boroughs against each other on the scale.

It should be stressed that each borough has strengths and weaknesses, that the journey to healthy streets is just beginning and that ALL boroughs need to do much more.

We hope the Scorecard helps boroughs to compare how well they are doing in relation to other boroughs and to identify areas for future action. We will need progress at a similar rate across all boroughs every year to ensure progress is not a brief blip with a return to business-as-usual after the pandemic.

Indicator index (normalised score) chart explained

In the chart above, each of the nine indicator scores have been normalised to adjust the values measured on different scales to a common scale. The borough with the lowest score in the data range is given the value 0, and the borough with the highest score in the data range is given the value 1. Note that a borough that has a normalised value of 1 has not achieved 100% of the indicator target, rather a value of 1 means that the borough has the highest score when compared to all 32 boroughs. (View the actual input and outcome indicator data). We can then compare boroughs and where they sit on a scale of zero to one.

For detailed information on how the overall scores are calculated, visit Final scores methodology

Find your borough’s results homepage:

Review detailed results for the four outcome indicators:

Review detailed results for the five input indicators:

Download the London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard (2021) indicator charts

Download the London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard (2021) indicators data

Download LIP3 (third local implementation plan) MTS (Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy) outcomes borough data pack (September 2019)