2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Croydon has traditionally seen its Healthy Streets Scorecard scores reduced by low levels of walking and cycling and high levels of car ownership but this has been counterbalanced by the council’s early take-up of 20mph speed limits on non-main roads and commitment to the STARS programme and School Streets. One in three households in Croydon is already car-free, so it was encouraging to see an above average decline in the number of cars registered in the borough of 1.7%.
Croydon has introduced a number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), in Broad Green, Woodside, Crystal Palace and South Norwood, but has effectively abandoned the latter and its commitment to the others is currently in doubt, following May’s elections. Three pop-up protected lane schemes using plastic wands have been delivered, at London Road, Dingwall Road, and High Street; a third is planned at Brighton Road but there are question marks over quality and continuity.
The nucleus of Croydon town centre is well-provided with shared pedestrian / cycle areas and has seen phenomenal growth in cycling. But the periphery of the town centre is blighted by unimproved, fast, multi-lane roads; the inner and outer suburbs continue to be plagued by sat-nav-assisted rat-running and over-reliance on cars for short trips.
As with the other boroughs that have seen a change in administration, key will be the commitment of Croydon’s first directly elected Mayor, Conservative Jason Perry, to creating attractive streets where people are able to walk and cycle in safety and with priority. This will be a test of his adherence to government policies, his pledge on tackling climate change and the implementation of Croydon council’s 2018-23 cycling strategy. The lack of new schemes in the pipeline – whether LTNs, protected lanes, or School Streets – and the uncertainty of LIP funding given TfL’s financial situation – is a further concern.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2022 results (includes 2019 – 2021 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2022 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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