2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Barnet remains a low scoring borough and action is desperately needed to improve the health of Barnet’s streets. A relatively high proportion of trips are still made by car, rather than by sustainable modes of transport and the proportion of adults who regularly walk or cycle is low. Unsurprisingly perhaps, as the borough remains one of the least safe places for pedestrians and cyclists.
In response to these issues and the pandemic, Barnet council has introduced a number of School Streets over the last year, restricting traffic around schools at arrival and departure times, and the borough’s schools remain high performers in achieving STARS accreditations. But, unlike many other boroughs, it has introduced no new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods at all; parking remains uncontrolled on the vast majority of its streets; along with Bromley it has the lowest score of all London boroughs on the proportion of roads covered by a 20mph speed limit; and there is virtually no protected cycle track in the borough at all (although there is a sign of hope in its A1000 scheme).
Barnet is now one of only four councils in London not to declare a climate emergency – having voted it down in June. If Barnet wants better outcomes for its residents, it urgently needs to start playing catch-up – the School Streets and A1000 cycle track has to be just the start of concerted action, and these should be followed by more of the same, as well as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, but the biggest priorities and easiest wins for the borough will be introduction of 20mph borough-wide speed limits and roll-out of controlled parking.
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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