2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
A disappointing year from Barnet which came in 25th position of 33 London boroughs in the Scorecard for the third year running. Consistently one of the lowest performing HSS boroughs, there is hope that this will change with the declaration of a climate emergency by the new administration and the pledge to develop a long-term transport strategy that improves road safety and encourages walking and cycling.
There was no change in LTNS (13% of the borough has some historic LTNs as a proportion of total area appropriate for LTNs). One more School Street was recorded as being implemented last year, but the proportion of all borough schools with a traffic-free School Streets scheme operating on the street/s outside the school remains at a low 7% (compared to borough-lead Islington on 49% and London average of 15%).
It is encouraging to see a 1.6% decline in the number of cars registered in the borough, however, with 92 cars registered per 100 households (above a London average of 73) there is still some way to go to reduce reliance on private motor vehicles. One area to start would be to begin building protected cycle tracks, as currently Barnet has a miniscule 0.7% of protected cycle track (as % of total borough road length).
We were unable to update Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) data this year however Barnet told us they have introduced two new CPZs since 2020, which is a good start, and we hope they will introduce even more in the coming year. Improvements will be reflected in next year’s scores.
It would be good to see some action from Barnet in not just creating a long-term transport strategy to enable active travel and healthy streets, but to actually implement schemes, for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of Barnet residents.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2022 results (includes 2019 – 2020 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2022 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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