2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Wandsworth is one of the lower scoring Inner London Boroughs and this is as a result of inaction compared to other boroughs. Very disappointingly, it suspended seven Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) within weeks of implementing them in 2020, and the council leadership has also been openly opposing TfL cycle track in the borough. Only 14% of roads are within a LTN (compared to leader Hackney with 55%) and only 4% of roads have protected cycle track (compared to leader City of London with 21%).
And only 61% of roads have controlled parking in Wandsworth, whereas there are now nine boroughs with over 87% of roads covered and five with 100% covered.
In some good news, Wandsworth has introduced 20mph speed limits across 81% of borough roads, and has plans for the remaining roads. And it has introduced a number of School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, with 17% of schools now covered (though this is much lower than leading borough Merton at 41%).
The overall picture is that much more action is needed on LTNs, cycle track, School Streets and controlled parking. The majority (54%) of households don’t have a car and the vast majority (74%) of journeys are made by public transport, walking or cycling, so there is a need, but also an opportunity and obligation for action to support healthier streets.
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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