2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Brent’s streets are healthier than many other Outer London boroughs and it’s great news that the council has taken strong action this year, but there’s still a long way to go and Brent remains at the lower end of the Scorecard table in 19th place out of the 33 London local authorities.
The borough has done well to implement some Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), known locally as Healthy Neighbourhoods. These cover 15% of streets that are appropriate for a LTN. Though this figure is low when compared to the best Outer London borough Waltham Forest, where 47% of suitable streets are covered, it’s a good start in making walking and cycling much safer and more pleasant. Brent has also introduced a large number of School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, and now nearly one third (31%) of its schools have a School Street. This action has all been recent and we hope it represents the start of a change of approach from this historically timid council.
It could be relatively easy, for instance, to roll out parking controls and 20mph speed limit coverage to all borough roads (currently at 54% and 45% of the borough’s roads respectively).
Though casualty rates for cyclists are lower than the London average, pedestrian casualty rates are the fifth highest of all London local authorities. There is very little protected cycle track in Brent and the borough needs to do much if the London Mayor’s target to achieve zero serious or fatal road casualties by 2041 is to be met.
Half of Brent households don’t have a car, a very high proportion for an Outer London borough, so there’s a huge need as well as an opportunity to improve the health of Brent streets by building on the strong action it took in the last year.
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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