2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Southwark continues to be one of the strongest performing boroughs remaining in sixth place overall in 2021. The borough is boosted by high levels of active travel, especially cycling, low levels of car ownership (44 cars per 100 households – a low rate, but not as low as leader Islington with 34 per 100) and its long-standing adoption of 20mph speed limits (with nearly all streets covered). In the past year, Southwark’s scores have been helped by good take-up of School streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times: 17% of schools now have a School Street (a good score, though some way from leaders Merton with 41%). And Low Traffic Neighbourhoods now cover 35% of suitable streets, again a very good score, though some distance from leader Hackney at 55%.
An area of weakness continues to be the relatively low coverage of the borough with Controlled Parking Zones where levels are low for an Inner London borough, with only 57% of roads controlled (whereas there are now 9 boroughs with over 87% of roads covered and five boroughs with 100% covered).
Levels of provision of protected cycle track are also poor at 5% of roads covered, compared to 12% in Waltham Forest and 21% in the City of London. And while Southwark now has the second highest levels of regular cycling of any borough, of some concern is a rather low level of regular walking to a point where Southwark is one of the lowest of the inner London boroughs.
There is still something of a gap between Southwark and the top five performing boroughs. There are clear opportunities to close this gap by increasing CPZ coverage and improving conditions for walking and cycling by further roll-out of LTNs, developing more cycling infrastructure and enabling more journeys to school to be walked and cycled.
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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