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.
LTNs are shown to boost local business
Walking and cycling can lead to retail spend increasing up to 30%
Pedestrians spend up to 40% more in local shops than those driving
Pedestrians make twice as many visits to local shops per months than drivers
These results are corroborated by international studies including the UK, US, Switzerland, Ireland and Denmark
New LTNs reports in for Canonbury East and Clerkenwell Green:
Traffic fell 78% on local roads in Canonbury East, with volumes down 10% on boundary roads
Traffic fell 34% on local roads in Clerkenwell Green. While boundary road traffic rose 22%, there was no increase in journey times
Speeding fell by 88% and 73% in the two areas.
In 2020, even with covid-reduced traffic, there were 1,580 road deaths in Britain
There have been 550,000 road deaths since 1900 (more than died in World War 2)
Source: The Sunday Times 16th May 2021
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.