We're asking all political parties standing in the May 2022 council elections to put tackling health and transport inequities at the heart of their borough's plans.
We're making four asks of each political party and calling on them to respond to these asks by adopting them as policies within their forthcoming council election commitments.
These policies will accelerate the change Londoners need and help to transform London into a more active, healthy, fair and connected city.
We urge all parties to:
Every borough’s plans should start with the objective of raising living standards for the most disadvantaged first.
Collecting quality data is the starting point and co‑designing solutions with local people becomes the next step.
As a minimum, the length of separated cycleways, number of filtered streets and number of school streets should be doubled.
Work should be prioritised in areas with the highest road danger, worst health outcomes and fewest transport options.
To ensure the uptake of cycling is broader than it has been, people need to be empowered with the skills, confidence, equipment and information they need to walk, wheel and cycle.
20-30% of the overall walking, wheeling and cycling budget should be allocated to these measures and projects benefiting disadvantaged communities should be prioritised.
Physical access barriers are often installed to prevent people on mopeds from entering traffic-free routes and spaces.
But barriers have the unintended impact of making public spaces inaccessible for many people using wheelchairs, buggies, mobility scooters and some cycles.
Local high streets should be revitalized by investing in traffic-free public spaces and by improving accessibility and safety for people walking, wheeling and cycling.
Credit: Jon Bewley
James Cleeton, Sustrans London Director:
“London boroughs should be ambitious in their efforts to create healthy and thriving communities.
“The pandemic has shown us the fundamental importance of good public health and strong communities.
“It's also highlighted inequalities in the choices that are available to Londoners when it comes to health and transport.
“And the outcomes of some of these choices are negatively affecting thousands of people in every borough.
“That’s why we’re calling on each London borough to prioritise areas which are most in need of quality walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure and asking them to double the current provision.
“This needs to be supported by a properly funded package of community engagement.
“Which will ensure residents are involved in the redesign of their neighbourhoods and give them the confidence, skills and inspiration to walk, wheel and cycle more.
“London has world-leading examples of councils who have made a difference to people’s lives by creating places where it’s easy to choose walking, wheeling and cycling for everyday journeys.
“Let’s build on these examples to set the standard for every borough.”