2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Hackney has been a Healthy Streets leader this past year, becoming the first and only borough* where more than half of suitable streets are covered by a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (55% in fact). And School Street schemes, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, now cover a huge 39% of schools (only Merton and Islington score higher at 41% and 40%).
The borough had also previously done well to introduce 20mph speed limits and controlled parking on most of its streets and scores among the highest of all London boroughs on these two indicators.
The borough also has the highest rate of adults regularly cycling of all boroughs, which is also very good news. This could be much higher, though, if cycling infrastructure was improved and one area for concern for us is Hackney’s low score on the introduction of protected cycle track.
The borough also has the lowest rate of all Inner London Boroughs for the proportion of adults walking regularly. And it has the worst score of all boroughs for pedestrian casualties (the rate of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in road collisions). So pedestrian infrastructure is clearly a major priority for action.
Though Hackney continues to fall down on road safety, it scores well on sustainable modeshare, with a much lower proportion of trips made by car compared to other boroughs. It also has one of the lowest car ownership rates in London, the acid-test that a borough is moving in the healthy streets direction.
We want to see Hackney urgently introduce more cycle lanes. But we also want to see it continue to lead the way on LTNs and School Streets, hopefully becoming the first borough to achieve borough-wide Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Hackney also needs to work urgently to enable regular walking and improve safety for pedestrians if it is to meet the Mayor’s targets for active travel and zero serious or fatal road casualties by 2041.
*Excluding City of 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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