2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Congratulations to Islington who have the top score for the second year running for Inner London Boroughs*. Highlights include further introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) with 44% of streets in an LTN (up from 36%); and a huge 49% of schools with traffic-free School Streets (up from 40%), the most of all boroughs. The delivery of infrastructure like protected bike lanes on Liverpool Road and the QW10 work in Drayton Park is evidence of what the council is capable of.
The council has committed to creating LTNs across the whole borough and residents in the north of the borough and in Islington’s most economically deprived ward, Bunhill, are right to ask just how long they will have to wait for improvements.
Accolades go to Islington for its very high score on bus priority. Data published for the first time this year shows a huge 48% of bus route in the borough has ‘bus priority’ (a bus lane or other means of prioritising the bus over general traffic), just behind Hackney at 51% and the City of London at 64%, but far head of lowest scoring Inner London borough Kensington and Chelsea at just 5%.
Islington’s score is also buoyed by borough-wide 20mph speed limits and parking controls, however the ‘resident roamer’ scheme allows residents to park anywhere within the borough during a four-hour time period: this continues to encourage short trips within Islington and needs to be replaced with small-area Controlled Parking Zones.
Islington still needs to do far more to deliver more protected cycle lanes (as only 3.8% of roads are covered) and this will help to get more people cycling – The council has promised action on roads like Old Street and Seven Sisters for years, it’s time now for action.
We’re also keen to see School Streets for every school, including secondary schools. It was good to see Islington launch two ‘School Streets for main roads’ schemes recently.
Islington has the lowest car ownership rate of all 33 London boroughs and a very high proportion of trips made by sustainable mode – public transport, walking and cycling so the base is there for Islington to continue to lead the way in London.
*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 2022 results (includes 2019 – 2021 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2022 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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