2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Harrow is languishing towards the bottom of the Scorecard in 26th position.
There was no progress on 20mph speed limits (only 25% of streets are covered, a very low score even for an outer London borough) or coverage of Controlled Parking Zones (only 22% of streets have controlled parking). A tantalising glimpse of improvement on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and protected cycle lanes has been overshadowed by the council’s decision in April to remove all of its four experimental LTNs and three cycle lanes. This was hugely disappointing and hard to square with its declaration of a Climate Emergency. Now only 7% of Harrow’s streets are in an LTN compared to leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest with 47%.
With the introduction of four School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, last September (representing 5% of the borough’s schools, compared to leading borough Merton where 41% of schools have a School Street), Harrow improved its year-on-year score from a baseline of zero. We’re pleased the trial of these will be extended until the autumn, but disappointed that the Council has decided against pushing ahead with six new trial School Streets.
While Harrow has slightly improved levels of travel by sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport) up to 53% from 50% in the 2020 Scorecard data, it is among the bottom three London boroughs for regular cycling (1%).
With an average of 115 cars per 100 households (unchanged from the last Scorecard), Harrow is second only to Hillingdon for high levels of car ownership. It’s difficult to see how this car-dependent borough, notable for high levels of obesity and diabetes, will achieve its active travel targets without rapidly embracing healthy streets measures. And for that it will need to show real political leadership. But interestingly, 28% of households don’t have a car, so much of the car ownership is a result of 2-car and 3-car households, and with nearly a third of residents with no access to a car, there is not just a need to take action, but an opportunity and an obligation.
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.
Instructions for map (below)
To navigate the key, click the top left hand corner.
To open in a new window, click the top right hand corner.
Zoom in and out using the + and – buttons.