This week the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published his draft 25 year transport strategy for public consultation. By applying the Healthy Streets Approach, this ambitious plan reaches beyond the transport system to shape a global city and the lives of millions of people for the better.
The headline target is to reduce trips by car to 20% by 2041, down from 36% today, because ‘the success of London’s future transport system relies upon reducing Londoner’s dependency on cars’. Alongside this are targets to ensure that every Londoner walks or cycles 20 minutes each day, that no one will be killed or seriously injured on the roads and that public transport is affordable and accessible to all.
Reduction in car use on this scale is only possible with transformational change to a city’s streets and public transport provision plus ‘good growth’ i.e. higher standards for new developments.
The Healthy Streets Approach provides the framework for delivering this transformational change. The Mayor of London recognises that delivering improvements against the 10 Healthy Streets Indicators ‘will radically transform the day-to-day experience of living in London, helping fulfill this strategy’s overall aim of creating a better city for more people to live and work in’.
This Healthy Streets plan will significantly enhance the quality of life in London. Streets will be cleaner and greener, less noisy and intimidating; everyone will feel welcome to walk, cycle and spend time in these public spaces which will be vibrant and no longer dominated by vehicles.
The public consultation is open until October 2nd 2017, to share your views visit the Mayor’s website