2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Islington has made impressive improvements to come top of the Scorecard for Inner London Boroughs*. Highlights include the introduction of many Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) with 36% of suitable borough roads now in an LTN (Islington is one of the top five boroughs); and a huge 40% of schools with School Street schemes, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times (second only to Merton with 41%).
97% of Islington streets have a 20mph speed limit. And parking is controlled in 100% of streets. However the ‘resident roamer scheme’ allows residents to park anywhere within the borough during a four-hour time period: this continues to encourage car journeys within Islington and needs to be replaced with small-area Controlled Parking Zones.
One area of concern for Islington is that only 4% of roads have protected cycle lanes compared to leaders Waltham Forest (12%) and City of London (over 20%). Islington’s regular cycling rate is only 6.3%, roughly half that of neighbouring Hackney (12%) and safety is a concern. The cyclist casualty rate needs urgent attention. Islington needs to work with TfL to improve safety for cyclists on main roads if the target of zero serious or fatal casualties is to be met.
In future, we want to see Islington install much more protected cycle track, more LTNs and more School Streets, including for secondary schools, and for the borough to catch up with neighbouring Hackney where 55% of suitable roads are within an LTN (compared to Islington’s 36%).
Islington has the lowest car ownership rate of all 33 London local authorities and a very high proportion (85%) of trips are made by sustainable mode – public transport, walking and cycling. And active travel rates are relatively high (though nowhere near the Mayor’s target). 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 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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