St Peter’s people friendly streets trial: Results from the six month monitoring report

This report presents the impact of establishing a low traffic neighbourhood in St Peter’s (Islington Council, London), which began in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the importance of making more space for people. Positive impacts regarding its objectives of being healthier, safer, and greener are reported.

Date added 15 March 2021
Last updated 16 March 2021

The St Peter's people-friendly streets (London) initiative started in July 2020 as a response to COVID-19 and the need for more space for people. The initiative had three objectives: to make St Peter’s a healthier neighbourhood (i.e., encouraging active travel), as well as safer (i.e., reducing traffic accidents), and greener and cleaner (i.e., reducing air pollution).

The report shows how the initiative has had positive outcomes across all the intended impacts:

  • Traffic in local streets has fallen by 57%
  • Cycling has increased by 43%
  • Speeding has decreased by 65%
  • No significant impact on the response time of emergency services (London Fire Brigade) has been identified
  • No significant impact on anti-social behaviour and crime has been identified.

Residents in St Peter’s are also encouraged to fill in a survey so that information about their perceptions and experiences can be collected.

This report can be of interest for other places considering implementing a low traffic neighbourhood initiative, or for those who need insights into how impact can be measured.