Report recommends London street improvements

Almost two-thirds of Londoners rate the quality of the street environment as the main reason for not walking more according to Transport for London.

To address this, a new report by the London Assembly transport committee recommends a number of ways the streetscape should be improved, including bringing all pedestrian crossings up to higher safety standards, providing better signage, and de-cluttering pavements.

The Assembly has urged London mayor Boris Johnson to push for bigger, bolder pedestrianisation projects alongside smaller initiatives to get people walking.

Walk this way by the Assembly’s transport committee, urges the mayor to throw his support behind at least one large-scale infrastructure project and introduce an incentive scheme to demonstrate his commitment to his ‘2011 Year of Walking’.

Caroline Pidgeon AM, who led the investigation on behalf of the transport committee, said: "Showing his support for a big flagship pedestrianisation project would demonstrate the mayor’s commitment to the Year of Walking, while our affordable but ambitious proposals for smaller initiatives to improve signage and the streetscape would help deliver the sustained growth he aspires to.

"We also need innovative solutions. A scheme that gives walkers points they can exchange for goods at certain stores may be just the incentive people need to choose walking over other modes of transport for shorter trips."

katie.daubney@haymarket.com

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