2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
This is the year the mini-Holland legend Waltham Forest finally came top of all the Outer London boroughs, outperforming three Inner London boroughs too. This is a huge achievement and shows how every Outer London borough could and should be performing.
The borough has covered a very high proportion (47%) of its residential areas in Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and is only beaten by Hackney and the City on this measure. It has delivered more protected cycle track than any other London local authority, Inner or Outer, bar the City. It has also moved forward on School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, rapidly delivering several inside LTNs to further enable social distancing and play outside schools. School STARS behaviour change engagement is high too, with the council actively pursuing schools to move on their programmes.
So where is there room to improve for the borough? Waltham Forest could relatively easily move forward on roll-out of 20mph speed limits to the remaining 27% of the borough’s roads, as well as widening controlled parking zones to the remaining 52% of the borough not covered by CPZs. With casualty rates for pedestrians and cyclists above the London average, and with the Mayor’s target for zero serious or fatal road casualties by 2041, Waltham Forest, like all boroughs, needs to take action to improve safety on its roads.
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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