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Tower Hamlets is one of the best London boroughs for walking and cycling according to healthy streets scorecard

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:19 19 July 2019

Havering and Redbridge were ranked lowly in the London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard while Tower Hamlets was ranked as having some of the healthiest streets. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA

Havering and Redbridge were ranked lowly in the London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard while Tower Hamlets was ranked as having some of the healthiest streets. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA

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Tower Hamlets has been ranked as one of the best boroughs for cycling and healthy streets by a new scorecard which measures how well boroughs are meeting the Mayor of London’s targets.

London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard.London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard.

A coalition of transport campaigners produced a London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard which shows how much progress the capital is making.

While Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest were revealed to have progressive schemes to cut car use and road danger, Havering and Redbridge were shown to take measures that put cars first instead of people.

In 2018 the Mayor of London published a new transport strategy committing London to a future where there is less car use, people walk and cycle more and air quality is better.

The data revealed that at 13per cent, Tower Hamlets has the highest amount of protected cycle track.

Havering has just 1.7pc and Redbridge has 1.9pc, according to data from TfL.

John Biggs, mayor of Tower Hamlets said: "It was great to see Tower Hamlets ranked so highly in the London Healthy Streets scorecard.

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"It's encouraging to see the progress made but having recently declared a climate emergency, the council is keen to do more to tackle poor air quality much of which comes from through-traffic.

"As a busy, growing inner London borough, we'll be speaking to residents and visitors about our new transport strategy and the importance of improving our environment by walking, cycling and using public transport whenever we can."

The scorecard also looks at how many adults walk and cycle more than five times a week, and the length of roads covered by Controlled Parking Zones.

Campaign groups London Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign, CPRE London, RoadPeace, Sustrans and Campaign for Better Transport London came together to form the study.

Dr Ashok Sinha, chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign, said: "People's access to streets that are safe enough to take the healthy option of cycling has long been a postcode lottery.

"But our data shows the gulf is widening further between the most progressive boroughs, such as Waltham Forest, the City and Camden, and the rest.

"Every London borough should study this scorecard and take action: the best can and should improve further still, and the rest can and should rise to the challenge of guaranteeing their residents cleaner air to breathe and safer streets in which to walk and cycle."

Tower Hamlets Council has been contacted for comment.


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