2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Hounslow is middle-ranking in terms of Outer London boroughs on the Scorecard and firmly in ‘could do better’ territory.
On the positive side, 60% of streets have a 20mph speed limit (although this really needs to be over 90%, like 13 other boroughs) and in the School Street indicator Hounslow does well with 27% of its schools with School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times. It is in the top three boroughs for protected cycle track* and has one of the higher scores for outer London boroughs for adults cycling regularly (though this is from a low base).
But only 16% of suitable streets in the borough are in a Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) compared to leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest with 47%; parking is controlled on only 26% of borough roads, compared to five boroughs where parking is now controlled on 100% of roads; and Hounslow has a high number of pedestrian casualties.
36% of Hounslow households don’t have a car and the majority of journeys (60%) are made by public transport, walking or cycling, so action is very much needed and will likely be supported.
We want to see Hounslow embed and expand on its LTNs, cycle tracks and School Streets. It also needs to expand its coverage of 20mph speed limits, as well as Controlled Parking Zones to better reflect the negative impacts of free and unrestricted parking.
*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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