A borough-level programme has been launched by Transport for London (TfL) to reduce road danger and encourage safer travel throughout the capital.
The programme will see 16 Healthy Streets Officers work across London’s boroughs to encourage safer behaviours, such as discouraging engine idling, and safer use of public transport.
Road danger will be tackled by responding to local safety concerns, while boroughs will be supported with local initiatives that will raise awareness of new Cycleways.
TfL is embarking on a wider programme of work with boroughs to not only reduce road danger but also make improvements to the city’s air quality by creating greener, cleaner and healthier places – funded through the Healthy Streets budget and the Liveable Neighbourhoods grants allocated to boroughs.
Alex Williams is the Director of City Planning at TfL. He outlined how TfL will work with the boroughs.
He said: “Partnering with the boroughs is absolutely vital if we are to reduce road danger and improve air quality, and transform London into an active, healthy and green city.
“Our new team of Healthy Streets Officers will closely collaborate with the London borough teams to engage with schools, businesses and communities across the capital to encourage safe and sustainable ways to travel.”
The initiative will be key if the Mayor of London is to achieve his ambitious Transport Strategy targets, such as having 80% of journeys in the capital made by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041.
It is a vital cog in the fight to improve health of Londoners whilst also tackling congestion and air pollution issues.
The charity Sustrans will manage the programme and the organisation’s London director, Matt Winfield, added: “We are very excited to have been chosen by Transport for London to deliver this change programme and to be setting up a team of Healthy Streets Officers to work across all London boroughs. It is a wide-ranging programme that will make our capital a great place to walk and cycle.”