This week Transport for London published Healthy Streets for London. This is a bold statement of intent by one of the world’s largest transport authorities to put people, and their health, at the heart of decision making and project delivery.
The Healthy Streets Approach will be delivered through activity at three levels of planning:
- Street Level – designing and maintaining high quality street environments that are welcoming to everyone and no longer dominated by motorised traffic.
- Network level – planning and managing the public transport and road networks so that street space can be fairly allocated to sustainable travel.
- Strategic level – ensuring London’s growth enables more people to live in healthy environments where walking and cycling are easy and convenient for shorter trips and public transport is an attractive option for longer trips.
The overall objective is to deliver the 10 Healthy Streets Indicators “to create a healthier city, in which all people are included and can live well, and where inequalities are reduced”.
10 Healthy Streets Indicators
TfL has committed to investing £2.1bn to deliver a Healthy Streets Portfolio of street improvements. However the document makes clear that this is only one part of delivering Healthy Streets and that partnership working with public, private and community sector organisations is essential. To support this the Healthy Streets Approach will be embedded in all the Mayor of London’s statutory strategies.
More details of how the Healthy Streets Approach will be delivered in London is promised in the forthcoming Mayor’s Transport Strategy and TfL’s second Health Action Plan.