2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Kingston is middle-ranking in terms of Outer London boroughs on the Scorecard and is poised to be one of the better performing Outer London boroughs in terms of the Healthy Streets agenda, but much more action is needed. It still has a very high car ownership (95 cars per 100 households) and it remains in the bottom half of the table on sustainable modeshare – the proportion of trips made by public transport, walking and cycling.
On the positive side, the borough now has the 9th highest proportion of borough residents regularly cycling (the second highest of the Outer London boroughs), and has an above-average amount of protected cycle track. And some 43% of Kingston’s roads are subject to a 20mph speed limit which is good news (though many boroughs now have a default 20mph speed limit across the whole borough).
But just 6% of streets which could have a Low Traffic Neighbourhood actually have one and only 21% of roads in Kingston are subject to controlled parking, an exceptionally low rate when compared to leading boroughs. And while new School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, are welcome, many boroughs have done more and only 8% of schools in Kingston now have a School Street compared to leading borough Merton where 41% of schools now have a School Street.
We want to see the Mini-Holland programme completed to reach its full potential. And Kingston needs to roll out Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, introduce more School Streets and widen the basic measures of 20mph speed limits and Controlled Parking Zones.
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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