Walking and Cycling


Walking and Cycling

Walking and Cycling data, analysis and feedback.

We know that people are more likely to feel safe and comfortable walking, scooting, wheeling or cycling on roads without lots of traffic.

We have assessed the impact of LTNs on:

  • Conditions created for walking, scooting, wheeling, cycling (Healthy Routes Assessment)
  • Data collected on the number of people cycling (SYSTRA Counts)
  • There are no datasets that allow us to evaluate what the impact of the LTN on walking has been. Cyclists are identifiable on most general traffic counts so the methodology for data collection is the same as for motor traffic.

    Healthy Routes assessment

    In order for any given street to be classified a Healthy Route, it needs to meet certain criteria as set out in Lambeth’s Transport Strategy:

  • Fewer than 200 vehicles per hour in the average weekday peak hour.
  • Under 5% of vehicles using the route can be classified as HGVs.
  • Average vehicle speeds must be <20mph.
  • The maps below show the pre-LTN and post-LTN Healthy Route pass/fail criteria:

  • Traffic has reduced on Shakespeare road enough to be added to our ‘Healthy Routes Network’ which means it is safer and ideal for walking and cycling


    Cycle count data

    As with motor traffic volumes, the number of people cycling has also been affected by the pandemic. The Department for Transport’s Road Traffic Statistics estimate a 38% increase in cycling in London in 2020, relative to the average for 2017-2019.

  • Cycle flows have remained high within the LTN, particularly on Railton Road where they have nearly doubled ( +92% additional daily cycles at the junction with Barnwell Road).
  • Cycle flows are also moderately up on boundary roads such as Milkwood Road, Dulwich Road and Brixton Water Lane.
  • They are significantly down on Effra Road, although baseline cycle flows here were very high ( -73% ). It is assumed that many people cycling on Effra Road have chosen Railton Road instead, as it now meets Healthy Route criteria.
  • Highlights of the increase in cycling within the Railton LTN are shown in the cycle count maps below. Full data is available in the independent report.

    Since the Stage 1 monitoring report was published we have received 56 walking & cycling related emails.

    Benefits noted:

  • Improved safety whilst cycling, walking, jogging, rollerblading etc.
  • Improved safety for individuals with specific characteristics I.e. children, older people.
  • Potential for increased cycling.
  • More space for cyclists
  • Potential for increased walking.
  • Concerns noted:

  • Safety concerns cycling i.e., onto busy boundary roads
  • Safety concerns walking.
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