Waltham Forest dubbed ‘healthiest streets’ in outer London

Waltham Forest also outperformed some inner London boroughs, according to campaign coalition Healthy Streets
By Waltham Forest Echo

Part of the 50km of cycle lanes installed around the borough (credit: James Cracknell)
Part of the 50km of cycle lanes installed around the borough (credit: James Cracknell)

Waltham Forest has the healthiest streets in outer London, according to the 2022 Healthy Streets Scorecards released today.

Healthy Streets is a coalition of transport, health, road safety and environmental campaign groups, working together to promote active travel. 

They scored all London boroughs on how many measures they had introduced to reduce car use and how many cars they have per 100 households. 

Islington, Hackney and Camden were deemed the healthiest streets in London as a whole, while Hillingdon, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge were the lowest scorers.

Describing it as a “shining star”, a Healthy Streets spokesperson said Waltham Forest is “rising through the ranks steadily by continuing to deliver transformative schemes, despite funding constraints”.

The borough boasts a network of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods that covers just under half of its streets and the second best programme to reduce traffic around schools in London.

The spokesperson said: “Waltham Forest is now ahead of four Inner London boroughs… Good scores on speed limits and protected cycle track contributed to its overall high score. 

“The council told us they have introduced nine new CPZs since 2020, which is great news, and we hope they will introduce even more in the coming year. 

“Congratulations go to Waltham Forest for leading the way and showing that healthy, safe streets can be achieved anywhere in London.”

A map of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, with those introduced post-2020 in purple (credit: Google Maps)

Responding to the news, deputy leader Clyde Loakes said: “It is an honour to be recognised by Healthy Streets for our efforts… prioritising and building the infrastructure to help more people walk and cycle their local journeys. 

“We continue to lead the way not just in London, but across the UK with our ground-breaking and pioneering schemes to unblock the full and positive potential of active travel. This not only improves our own personal health and wellbeing but that of our neighbourhoods and the planet as well.

 “That we can achieve such success in a borough as large and diverse as Waltham Forest should hopefully serve as inspiration to all London boroughs. Our success is testament to our residents’ willingness to fully embrace the growing active travel lifestyle.”

Find out more about Healthy Streets Scorecards here

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