2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Redbridge remains in 31st place out of 33 boroughs in the 2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard and things are looking very bleak for residents unless change comes soon – and there’s little sign of that, despite the borough declaring a Climate Emergency.
The borough has one of the lowest active travel rates in the whole of London (the proportion of adults regularly walking or cycling) and one of the highest road casualty rates if we look at the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured. Car ownership rates are high compared to other boroughs (97 cars per 100 households) and, though car-use has dipped slightly, half of journeys are still being made by car, much higher than many other Outer London boroughs (Waltham Forest for example where only 31% of journeys are made by car).
More worryingly, Redbridge has done very little to make its streets healthier when compared to other boroughs. It has very few Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) (just 5% of roads have LTNs compared to leaders Hackney with 55%) and it even scrapped half-finished schemes just months after they were put in place, during the pandemic.
Redbridge also has negligible amounts of protected cycle track (just 1% of roads). Only 15% of streets have a 20mph speed limit, compared to leading Outer London borough Merton with 98% of roads have a 20mph speed limit. And parking is controlled on only one tenth of streets, the third lowest rate of all boroughs, even though parking controls reduce traffic and make streets much safer. Even relatively easy to implement School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, are only there for just 3% of schools, compared to 41% in leading borough Merton.
Redbridge has simply not done enough and needs to take urgent action to support its residents and make its streets safe and more pleasant so more journeys can be made by walking, cycling or public transport.
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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