2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Bexley is 30th out of the 33 London local authorities in the Scorecard, with low scores on almost all indicators even when compared to other Outer London boroughs.
A better-than-average performance in relation to lower rates of road casualties amongst those walking and cycling is overshadowed by below-average ratings in every other Healthy Streets Scorecard indicator. Use of sustainable modes of travel and levels of regular walking and cycling are all amongst the lowest in London. Car ownership is one of the highest in the capital; fewer than a fifth of the roads (16%) are covered by Controlled Parking Zones; under 5% of suitable residential roads have through-traffic restrictions (Low Traffic Neighbourhoods); and just 9.7% of borough roads have 20mph speed limits.
The borough has taken little advantage of the Streetspace for London programme with no new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods or School Streets (where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times) at all.
Around one quarter of Bexley households do not have access to a car and 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 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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