2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Croydon is in 23rd place of all 33 London local authorities. It has taken some positive action which is great news but still has a long way to go.
The borough’s overall score is brought down by high levels of car ownership (92 cars per 100 households); low use of controlled parking (only 20% of borough roads are controlled); the second lowest score for protected cycle track of all boroughs; and, although Croydon did implement Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) in 2020, just 4% of roads with potential for low-traffic restrictions actually now have an LTN, and this is the lowest score for all boroughs and far away from the 47% in leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest.
On the plus side, Croydon benefits from widespread 20mph speed limits which cover more than three quarters of the borough’s roads. And its performance in relation to schools is good with 17% of Croydon schools now with a School Street, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times (although this is some way off leaders Merton with 41%).
Croydon has lower than average rates of road casualties amongst those walking though the rate is higher than average for cycling. Use of sustainable modes of transport and levels of regular walking and cycling are below London average levels and are far away from the target levels needed to support healthy streets in Croydon.
Croydon must prioritise more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and protected cycle tracks if it wishes to increase its ranking in the scorecard. A huge proportion of households – 37% – live without a car, so there is both need and great potential to take strong action to deliver healthy streets measures in the coming 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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