2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Westminster City Council has moved up the ranks in this year’s Scorecard to fifth place, from eighth, largely because it introduced 20mph speed limits on all roads in January 2021.
The council is also showing a new commitment to School Streets where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, and 17% of Westminster schools now have a School Street (compared to leaders Merton with 41%). Other positive signs are a high rate for adults walking regularly, and it is the borough with the highest proportion of households without a car (an impressive 72% of households have no car).
But successes were not universal. Pedestrian and cyclist casualties in Westminster are higher than the London average. Westminster has the smallest coverage of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) of all Inner boroughs with just 6% of roads in an LTN compared to leaders Hackney at 55%. And it seems incredibly timid on this measures despite the clear success of its Soho “al fresco” temporary measures and resident support in several areas.
Only 8% of Westminster roads have protected cycle track compared to neighbouring City of London with 21%, and it failed, despite clear urging from government and Mayor, to implement any during 2020 pandemic crisis. It even downgraded some of the unprotected lane schemes it did put in.
With its small population, comprehensive public transport provision and dense neighbourhoods, there’s no reason Westminster City Council’s streets can’t be as healthy and active as in neighbouring City of London.
And while the introduction of 20mph limits should be applauded, these easy wins are not enough during a climate emergency (that Westminster Council has declared). Next year we want to see Westminster move even further up the rankings by taking the plunge with transformative interventions like Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and protected cycle lanes.
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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