2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Enfield remains in 24th place, despite delivering its first Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes in the Bowes and Fox Lane areas. So, why no improvement in overall position?
Enfield has had a solid year, and it’s good to see those new LTN schemes (now 16% of borough roads with potential for an LTN are in one) reflected in its score.
Enfield was one of three London boroughs to receive large amounts of mini-Holland funding in 2014. As a result of that funding it has one of the highest cycle track scores in London, particularly impressive for an Outer London borough.
The borough has remained static however, primarily because other boroughs have climbed. Enfield in the last year hasn’t delivered much in the way of 20mph speed limits (21% of roads compared to other London local authorities 13 of which now have over 90% of roads with a 20mph speed limit); or controlled parking zones (only 12% of roads are covered, one of the lowest rates in London). Worryingly, it has also neglected to introduce more protected cycle lanes, which others have moved forward rapidly in delivering. And, while positive action has been taken to introduce School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, other boroughs have done more (11% of schools now have a School Street compared to leading borough Merton with 41%).
Enfield also has low sustainable modeshare (the proportion of trips made by walking, cycling and public transport) and low rates of active travel, i.e. the proportion of adults regularly walking or cycling (with walking particularly low). Car ownership also remains far too high at 92 cars per 100 households.
Now that Enfield’s first LTNs are bedding in, it’s time for the borough to not only move forward with more LTNs, but expand controlled parking coverage, especially around stations, and look to a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.
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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