2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
The measures Camden has taken to improve the health of its streets are among the most impressive in London, though there’s still a way to go for all the Mayor’s Transport Strategy targets to be met. The council has introduced new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and one fifth of the borough’s schools (20%) now have School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times.
The borough scores well for many indicators when compared to other Inner London boroughs. Only 30% of households have a car, and the proportion of journeys made by sustainable mode – public transport, walking and cycling – is high. Camden is in the top ten boroughs for the proportion of adults regularly walking and cycling. Lower than London average casualty rates for pedestrians and cyclists is also positive news, though much more still needs to be done to meet the Mayor’s target for zero serious or fatal casualties. Controlled parking and 20mph speed limits are nearly borough-wide.
The borough unfortunately does fall short on some key indicators. One major area for concern is the need for more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), with only 13% of suitable streets currently covered compared to 55% in leading borough Hackney. And while Camden is in the top five boroughs for provision of protected cycle track, this is from a very low base and much more is needed in Camden, as it is indeed across London.
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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