2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Hammersmith & Fulham needs to do better – it has consistent but middle-ground results, but as other boroughs have shown, it could do much more. The council did take some action to introduce a new Low Traffic Neighbourhood and some School Streets. 17% of schools have a School Street which is great, but much lower than leaders Merton with 41%.
Also worryingly, the proportion of roads with Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) restrictions is very low compared to leading boroughs. In Hammersmith & Fulham around 14% of roads are covered by an LTN, compared to 55% in Hackney. And only 4% of roads have protected cycle lanes compared to 21% in the City of London. With a classically Inner London profile, including a very high proportion of households living without a car (59%), and with the vast majority of trips (nearly 80%) made by public transport, walking or cycling, much more can be done to improve conditions for people walking, cycling and using public transport – and to deliver healthy streets – that residents would likely back.
To move up the ranks alongside its Inner London counterparts, it is time for Hammersmith and Fulham to take bolder action: most importantly it needs to introduce many more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and protected cycle lanes, and reintroduce the School Streets scheme. It also needs to move to borough-wide 20mph speed limits and parking controls on all streets.
Average results are no longer enough, particularly given very low resident car-ownership levels and the council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency.
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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