2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Frankly, it’s a bleak picture for the health of Barking and Dagenham’s streets. The borough has the lowest active travel rate in the whole of London: this is the proportion of adults regularly walking or cycling. It also has the highest road casualty rate for cyclists, and the second highest rate for pedestrians killed or seriously injured in road collisions.
Barking and Dagenham has introduced some School Streets, where traffic around schools is restricted at arrival and departure times, which is good news. But the borough has otherwise done little to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists when compared to other boroughs. It has yet to introduce borough-wide 20mph speed limits and parking is controlled on fewer than a third of streets, even though parking controls reduce traffic and make streets much safer, and even though a number of boroughs now control parking on all roads.
The proportion of trips made by car in Barking and Dagenham currently hovers around 41%. This must reduce to below 30% to meet the borough’s 2041 targets, so strong action is needed. There are huge opportunities in this borough where 40% of households don’t have a car, so improving conditions for walking and cycling is not only likely to be very popular but will support a huge proportion of the population to be more active.
There’s a chance to make a difference quickly and we desperately need action from the council in the next 12 months.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2021 results (includes 2020 and 2019 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2021 results. You can also:
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.
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