2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Tower Hamlets falls from an third place in 2020, to seventh place this year. Previous success was the result of early introduction of controlled parking and 20mph speed limits on most of its streets, low car-ownership and high active travel levels in this dense inner-city borough.
To regain its rank, Tower Hamlets must redouble efforts to deliver its impressive Liveable Streets programme. Seventeen areas were identified for development in 2019, covering 60% of the borough. Currently the 2021 Scorecard identifies that 25% of streets have a Low Traffic Neighbourhood – a good score, but not as good as neighbouring Hackney with 55%.
Tower Hamlets also needs to crack on with protected cycle tracks – only 7% of roads in the borough have them, and these are nearly all TfL-controlled roads.
Tower Hamlets’ Liveable Streets programme also promised 50 School Streets by 2022, but so far, only six have been delivered (with a further 17 planned) which equates to only 5% of schools, the lowest rate of all Inner London Boroughs, and very low compared to leading borough Merton with 41%.
Recently consulted measures, such as the closure of Brick Lane and Roman Road to through motor traffic at peak hours, show a borough moving forward on bold healthy streets and active travel schemes. But there’s a lot more to be done.
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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