2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Although Lewisham has improved its overall score, the borough has lost one place and falls to 17th this year. Amongst the Inner London boroughs, though, it remains in last position and has the lowest sustainable modeshare of all Inner London boroughs (with 71% of journeys made by public transport, walking and cycling compared to leaders Hackney at 87%).
Lewisham is helped by its early adoption of 20mph speed limits which cover 95% of the borough. And a bright note for Lewisham is that the borough has taken School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, from 0% in 2020 to 24% of schools in 2021 (a very good score, though some way from leaders Merton with 41%).
It falls down, though, on its exceptionally low levels of controlled parking. Just 21% of Lewisham’s roads have controlled parking (compared to 9 boroughs where over 87% of roads have controlled parking, five of them with 100% coverage). The lack of progress with controlled parking is particularly disappointing given that car ownership is relatively low (59 cars per 100 household) and 49% of Lewisham households don’t have a car.
The early promise that was seen in 2020 with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) has failed to materialise and level of LTN coverage (12%) is well below the London average (19%) and far behind the leaders (Hackney at 55%). The dearth of protected cycle track on borough roads (less than 1% of roads has protected track, the fourth lowest score of all boroughs) and its low school STARS behaviour change score has also held it back.
There are opportunities to grow cycling but fewer than 5% of people cycle regularly and this is unlikely to change while provision of protected cycle lanes is so low and there is low investment in LTNs.
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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