There's nothing like stats.
If you are looking for evidence that proves the Highbury Low Traffic Neighbourhood will change our lives for the better, we have plenty!
Have a look at the facts below and do not hesitate to check our sources and read more. We will keep adding to this page so please stay tuned - we are counting on you to share these learnings with your neighbours and friends in the area.
The Council's first report on the St Peter's people-friendly streets shows:
Traffic within the zone down 57%
Traffic on boundary roads down 2%
Speeding on streets within the zone down 65%
No significant impact on Fire Brigade response times
No significant impact on anti-social behaviour or crime rates
The growth of SUV sales in 2019 cancelled the fuel saved by electric vehicles (Int'l Energy Agency)
Cars are now 55% larger than in the 1970s, and 20% of cars are now longer than the average UK parking space
'The pandemic has given us a chance to reclaim outdoor space....Why is so much of our cities dedicated to cars?'
Article by Henry Mance, Financial Times, 17/18th April 20201
The Council's Transport Strategy shows Islington:
Is the most densely populated Borough in the UK;
Has the second lowest car ownership of any local authority in England with 69% of households not owning a car;
Has some of London’s most congested roads due to high volumes of through traffic;
Road traffic is the single biggest contributor to air pollution in the Borough;
Is well served by public transport links with 60 bus routes, 6 underground lines via 10 stations, 3 overground lines via 5 stations and 4 National Rail lines via 4 stations.
TfL’s 2018 Walking and Cycling Report highlights the benefits of walking and cycling. People walking to the high street spend up to 40% more than drivers and visit the high street twice as often as drivers.
The Government Cycling and Walking Plan 27/7/20 shows that:
Improved walking environment increases local shopping footfall up to 40%;
Regular physical activity like 20 minutes walking/cycling helps prevent/manage 20 chronic conditions, including cutting the risk of developing depression 31%;
In urban areas 40% of car journeys were under 2 miles 2017-18.