2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
It is an extremely bleak picture for the health of Hillingdon’s streets this year as the borough has fallen to the very bottom of the Scorecard table taking 33rd place of all 33 London boroughs.*
Hillingdon has seen a slight improvement in the levels of travel by sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport) which is good news.
However, there are 20mph speed limits on only 8% of roads (the third lowest rate of all boroughs) and only 11% of roads have controlled parking (many boroughs now have borough-wide controlled parking and 20mph limits); only 2% of roads have protected cycle tracks (compared to leaders Waltham Forest with 12%); only 9% of suitable roads are within a Low Traffic Neighbourhood, compared to leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest with 47%; and only 1% of schools have a School Street, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, compared to 41% in leading borough Merton.
Fewer than one third of adults are regularly walking. With physical activity levels now seen as one of the key risk factors causing susceptibility to a number of severe illnesses, including Covid-19, this is a huge concern.
We want to see Hillingdon take its first steps towards becoming a less car-dependent borough. School Streets and the TfL School STARS programme can be catalysts for wider change in the borough, and they can build on the limited walking and cycling infrastructure already in place. But bold action is needed across the board, ultimately, if the overall picture is to improve.
* (Before the 2021 retrospective adjustment for Road Collision Casualties, Hillingdon was in 32nd position in the 2020 Scorecard)
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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