The "high-quality" Liveable Neighbourhood pledge

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and Living Streets members and supporters are asking prospective council leaders to commit to:

Submitting a high-quality and safe, Liveable Neighbourhood bid, based in an area with high potential for walking and cycling, that provides big wins for both and takes major steps to prioritise people walking and cycling over private cars in the area during the course of your term.

NB: for Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham, Waltham Forest, who have already won Liveable Neighbourhood funding, the pledge is to ‘deliver a high-quality and safe’ neighbourhood’.

What is a ‘high-quality’ Liveable Neighbourhood

The definition of ‘high-quality’ when it comes to the walking and cycling environment can vary wildly, so we have set out seven standards that London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets agree will be vital to guaranteeing any Liveable Neighbourhood scheme or bid matches the pledge made

1. Area highlighted in TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis

TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis crunches big data into maps showing the areas with the greatest potential for walking and cycling. If a Liveable Neighbourhood bid is not situated in one of the areas highlighted, it is unlikely to secure TfL funding and provide big wins for both.

2. Schemes score 60%+ Healthy Street Check with no ’critical issues’

The Healthy Streets Check is TfL’s standard for assessing scheme quality. To reach a score of 60% with no ‘critical issues’ means prioritising genuine improvements to benefit cyclists and pedestrians.

3. Achieve a minimum Healthy Street Check spider diagram score of 60% in ‘People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport’ category and ‘Pedestrians from all walks of life’ categories for all schemes

These are recognised as the most important of the ten Healthy Streets Check indicators, not just in terms of cycling and walking but for a scheme’s overall quality. 

4. Achieve following for pedestrians for all schemes: footways with a “Pedestrian Comfort Level” of B+ and 2m+ clearance; formal crossings on all arms of key junctions and on important “desire lines”, with maximum pedestrian wait times of 30 seconds; continuous footways the default at side roads

Good quality footways will encourage more people to walk but are also a vital part of the public realm - providing places for people to chat, shop and play. TfL’s “Pedestrian Comfort Levels” classify comfort based on crowding. Designing for a walking speed of 0.6m per second is also advised as this means the widest range of pedestrians possible are catered for. 

5. Provide physically-separated space for cycling on roads with over 2,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) of daily motor vehicle traffic and enforce a maximum 20mph speed limit; ensure all side streets are 20mph and feature less than 2,000 PCUs daily

LCC policy sets the level between ‘busy and fast’ and ‘calm and quiet’ at 2,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) a day, and similar figures are enshrined in TfL’s London Cycling Design Standards. There are many options for reducing traffic volumes on residential/side streets. See our “Low Traffic Neighbourhood” briefing documents (https://lcc.org.uk/pages/low-traffic-neighbourhoods) for more on this.

6. Reduce motor vehicle movements in the area by at least 10% and reallocate carriageway (including parking) space to active travel modes

The Mayor's Transport Strategy is proposing a target of 80% of journeys to be made by sustainable modes – public transport, walking and cycling – by 2041. That means cutting around 3 million car journeys from our streets by then. Liveable Neighbourhoods actively re-allocate space to more sustainable modes of transport.

7. Improve the lives of a significant proportion of people living, working and passing through the borough with the schemes

Ambitious bids of around £5-£10 million, spent on the right interventions, can have a huge impact on the lives of people in the area, improving the local environment and creating places where everyone can walk and cycle safely and happily.