St Peter’s people-friendly streets trial
This resource reflects on the work done by the people-friendly streets programme, and the impact of implementing a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in Islington. Results show that people-friendly streets, designed for people not cars, make it more pleasant and easier for people to walk and cycle, and are more wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Through the Covid-19 pandemic, streets in and around London that had previously seen an increment in motor vehicles, have seen a reduction in traffic providing more space for people to move around freely, contributing to an increase in activity levels, and a reduction of air pollution.
A way of turning these pandemic related changes into more permanent solutions is what the people-friendly streets programme have tried out in the streets of Islington (London), establishing a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN).
The objectives of this initiative were to improve the health of residents by walking and cycling more; to increase safety by reducing the number of traffic related accidents; and to foster cleaner and greener neighbourhoods by improving the quality of the air.
This trial started in July 2020 and key findings suggest that it has been successful in:
Reducing traffic by 57%.
Increasing cycling by 43%
Reducing speeding by 65%
Reducing levels of air pollution.
As the report explains, this low traffic neighbourhood initiative is accompanied by public consultation where citizens can express their views and experiences. A link to this can be found in the report.