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Last edited 24 Feb 2021
Healthy Streets and its 10 Indicators are concepts that first appeared in Transport for London policy in 2014. The programme was developed by Lucy Saunders, a specialist in public health and transport, and the term was officially introduced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in October 2016. This approach to urban development puts the emphasis on streets that promote active pedestrian and public transport travel, have clean air and are safe.
The goal of Healthy Streets is to design a long-term plan that encourages people to walk and cycle throughout London. While this concept will be applied differently based on location, examples such as the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf cycle bridge are part of the plan.
The 10 indicators of Healthy streets are:
- People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport.
- Pedestrians from all walks of life.
- Easy to cross.
- People feel safe.
- Things to see and do.
- Places to stop and rest.
- People feel relaxed.
- Not too noisy.
- Clean air.
- Shade and shelter.
- Street – walking, cycling and better overall public spaces.
- Transport – walking and cycling and better public transport routes.
- Strategic – walking and cycling to shops, schools or work supported by better development patterns..
- Exercising more regularly through walking or cycling.
- Experiencing cleaner air and less noise pollution.
- Enjoying safer roads.
Mental health levels can also be improved through this initiative, since people will benefit from more direct environmental experiences enhanced by interesting and attractive parts of the city they may have otherwise missed.
You can find out more at: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/how-we-work/planning-for-the-future/healthy-streets
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- Cycling and walking plan.
- Dedicated and safe cycle lanes.
- Designing for pedestrians.
- Infrastructure under Mayor Sadiq Khan.
- Road traffic management.
- Safe Pedestrian Route.
- The London Plan.
- Urban design.
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