2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
It’s the exact same position in 2022 as 2021 and 2020 for Bexley coming 30th of 33 London borough in the Scorecard, with low scores on almost all indicators even when compared to other Outer London boroughs.
Bexley has the worst score on bus priority out of all 33 boroughs. New data shows just 1% of routes have priority (bus lanes or other priority measures like Low Traffic Neighbourhoods) compared to highest scoring Outer London borough Ealing at 18% and overall highest scoring boroughs City of London (64%) and Hackney (51%).
It remains in the bottom three overall for many reasons. It is one of only three London boroughs with no School Streets at all (where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times) compared to leading borough Islington where 49% schools have School Streets. It has a low proportion of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (only 4% of suitable roads are covered, compared to 70% in leading borough Hackney), low Controlled Parking Zones coverage (only 16% of streets are covered, whereas there are nine boroughs where 87% or more of streets have controlled parking), and no borough-wide 20mph speed limits (only 10% of borough-managed roads have a 20mph limit, compared to outer London borough Merton with 98%).
Looking at new data published this year to reflect population density, Bexley scores lower than it should, when taking account of its density. When we account for density Bexley would currently expect to achieve an overall score of 3.1, more than its overall score of 1.7.
Solid plans are needed from Bexley’s cabinet to implement the measures needed to meet the Mayor of London’s Local Implementation Plan targets for Bexley to reduce car trips from 56% to 37% by 2041. And this is in a borough where around one quarter of households do not have access to a car. Improving the borough’s score dramatically could be relatively easy with huge opportunities to better balance the needs of those who drive with those who need to walk or cycle or wish to walk or cycle more.
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 – 2021 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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