2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
It was one step forward, two steps back for Kensington & Chelsea on active travel in 2021 and overall a disappointing year.
The long-awaited introduction of borough-wide 20mph speed limits in May 2020 was welcomed (up to 100% from 1% in 2019 and 10% in 2020). And the council did introduce some School Streets, with 11 schools now closing streets to traffic at arrival and departure times. But this only represents 15% of the borough schools, compared to leaders Merton where 41% of schools now have a School Street.
The borough receives no accolades for being the borough with the lowest provision of protected cycle track. And there was a real backwards step when Kensington & Chelsea decided to remove protected cycle lanes, for example on High Street Kensington last December just seven weeks after installation. This was a major blow for active travel and healthy streets and widely condemned by health, climate, active travel, road safety and air pollution campaigners.
Kensington & Chelsea also falls down on provision of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) which cover just 7% of the borough’s suitable area, considerably below the London average of 19% and way below the leading borough Hackney where 55% of suitable roads are now within an LTN.
And although the boroughs’ roads are all subject to controlled parking, the borough allows residents to park anywhere within the borough, positively encouraging short car trips, and this needs to be replaced with small-area Controlled Parking Zones.
Kensington & Chelsea no longer comes last out of all inner London boroughs, but at 10th place it is still far behind other central London authorities. If it is to avoid being behind the curve in relation to other Inner London boroughs, and if it is serious about acting on climate change, air pollution and the health and safety of its residents, then it must introduce transformative schemes such as LTNs and protected cycle lanes urgently, and stand firm as other boroughs have done in the face of opposition.
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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