2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Once again, the City of London comes out on top of the 2021 Scorecard with superlative scores on most healthy streets indicators. The smaller area and smaller number of households in the City must be recognised, but so should continuing action on the City’s part.
More than half of the City’s adult residents are walking regularly (55%), a much higher proportion than the London average of 38% and an impressive 72% of households are living without a car. Most of the City’s residential streets that can be made into low traffic neighbourhoods now have been (95%) and the City has protected cycle lanes on 21% of its roads compared to just 8% of roads in neighbouring Westminster and an even more worrying 0.2% in Kensington and Chelsea. One focus for improvement for the City could be to implement more School Streets as currently only one school (representing 20% of the City’s schools) has a trial School Street, where traffic is restricted around the school at arrival and departure times.
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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