2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Richmond upon Thames has moved up to 16th in this year’s overall ranking (up from 21st) and now sits third among the Outer London boroughs. It has done well to implement a 20mph speed limit across nearly the whole borough; has installed many School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, going from a baseline of zero to 16, or 20% of schools – better than the London average of 15% (though far from leading borough Merton at 41%); and it has achieved nearly half (47%) the maximum possible points achieved for school STARS behaviour change accreditation. It is also in the upper quartile of boroughs for the proportion of residents regularly walking and cycling and has the distinction of having the lowest pedestrian casualty rate of London’s boroughs.
Richmond falls down on its provision of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) with only 7% of suitable roads in an LTN (compared to leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest with 47%) and there are huge opportunities to introduce LTNs to improve visitor destinations like Richmond and Kew town centres and riverside Mortlake.
Also, only 3% of roads have protected cycle lanes (compared to Outer London leader Waltham Forest at 12%); parking is controlled on only 38% of roads, compared to five boroughs where 100% are covered; and car ownership is higher than average, while the proportion of trips made by sustainable mode (public transport, walking and cycling) is lower than average.
We’d now like LBRUT to apply the level of ambition it has put into delivering 20mph and push forward on protected cycle tracks and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Expanding CPZs at pace would also help reduce motor vehicle trips, pollution and make roads safer.
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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