2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Sutton is 28th of all 33 in this year’s Scorecard and so lingers at the bottom of the table. It has one of the lowest active travel rates in the whole of London: this is the proportion of adults regularly walking or cycling. Car ownership rates are among the highest in London with 105 cars per 100 households and it is one of only a handful of boroughs where more than half of trips are made by car: in most boroughs the majority of trips are made by sustainable modes (public transport, walking and cycling).
More worryingly, Sutton has done very little to make its streets healthier when compared to other boroughs.
Only 5% of the borough’s streets are in a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) (with all five schemes trialed during 2020 since removed) compared to leading Outer London borough Waltham Forest at 47%.
And after implementing School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, across 24% of schools, all of these schemes were removed and it is now one of only two boroughs with no school streets at all, and this compares to leading borough Merton at 41% of schools with a School Street.
And only 4% of streets have protected cycle lanes, compared to 12% in leading borough Outer London borough Waltham Forest (temporary cycle lanes introduced under Experimental Traffic Orders have also been removed).
Only 9% of streets have controlled parking, second lowest rate of all boroughs; and only a quarter of streets have a 20mph speed limit (which many boroughs have now introduced borough-wide).
Sutton has simply not done enough and needs to take urgent action to improve the health of its streets. 24% of Sutton households don’t have a car so there’s also a clear need for more priority for public transport, walking and cycling.
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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