2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Just prior to the pandemic, Lambeth was starting to deliver on its active travel agenda, but when Streetspace funding became available, the borough moved arguably more rapidly than anyone else. It delivered a high number of both Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) and School Streets schemes during the last year, joining Islington, Ealing, Newham and Waltham Forest as the boroughs which probably delivered most rapidly on these measures.
27% of suitable streets are now within an LTN which is a good score, though behind leading boroughs Hackney (55%) and Waltham Forest (47%). And 22% of schools now have a School Street, with traffic restricted at arrival and departure times: again a good score but the leading borough Merton is at 41%.
And like Islington, the council leadership has faced down significant opposition to deliver, but hasn’t wavered.
Where does Lambeth need to look next? The obvious ‘low hanging fruit’ is to increase its coverage of Controlled Parking Zones which, at 63% is very low for an Inner London borough (there are now five boroughs with 100% i.e. borough-wide parking controls). It has done well to introduce 20mph speed limits but more needs to be done to deliver protected cycle lanes on main roads and this seems to be languishing significantly behind other similar boroughs (with just 3% of borough roads with protected cycle lanes, the second lowest rate of all Inner London Boroughs, and very low compared to leaders City of London with 21%).
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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