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Havering ranked second worst of all London boroughs for healthy streets

Havering Cyclists want to work with the local council to make the borough safer for bike riders

Havering has made little to no progress encouraging people to cycle and walk according to a new report.

It placed second last out of all London boroughs in the Healthy Streets Scorecard

The report ranks each area based on what measures are in place to improve air quality, road safety and encourage an active lifestyle. 

“It is one of the few boroughs in London not to declare a Climate Emergency, and there is little sign its political leadership has any will to deliver improvements for anyone other than drivers,” read a statement from the Healthy Streets Scorecard. 

“Protected cycle track covers a mere one per cent of Havering’s road length compared to leaders Waltham Forest with 12 per cent.

“Only ten per cent of the borough’s roads have 20mph limits and only 12 per cent are covered by Controlled Parking Zones.”

The results have been described as “disappointing” by Havering Cyclists.

Terry Hughes argues the local council should have taken advantage of emergency government funding during the Covid pandemic to roll out protected cycle lanes as other boroughs did. 

He said: “As more people cycled, the poor infrastructure left many at risk and we have seen an increase in road traffic injuries to cyclists in Havering, tragically including two deaths in the same area within the space of one week in January 2021.

“Council leader Damian White did commit last August to doing all he could “to secure funding for active travel” and while he managed to somehow find £40m for road resurfacing, nothing at all appears to have changed for active travel in the borough.

“While we recognise the financial constraints, we would really like him to work with us to develop plans to make both minor low-cost improvements as well as having some more ambitious schemes in hand for the time when funding does become available, which we know from experience is often presented at short notice.”

Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge also placed in the bottom five of all London boroughs. 

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