Walking Targets

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What survey data is being used to provide the figures against which headline targets (a) and (b) of section 3.2 of 'The Walking Plan for London' will be measured?


Answer for Walking Targets

Answer for Walking Targets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In conjunction with the Transport Research Laboratory, TfL has developed a Pedestrian Environment Review System (PERS 2) which provides a comparative assessment of public spaces, routes, links, public transport waiting areas, interchange spaces and crossings. These environments are audited and assessed from the point of view of the most vulnerable pedestrian. The data captured from PERS 2 not only provides an accurate picture of the performance of existing pedestrian environments, but also allows pedestrian environments to be compared so that resources can be targeted to areas of most need. PERS 2 will therefore help to provide a measurement of London's `walkability'. Concurrently, TfL is working to identify a reliable technology for counting walking flows. These flows and the PERS 2 data are to be combined in a pedestrian monitoring strategy. These datasets will assist TfL in assessing and monitoring walking schemes, as well as feeding into the Streetscape Strategy.In order to monitor the number of pedestrians and walking trips within the capital, a Pedestrian Monitoring Strategy has been produced which outlines a series of locations for monitoring within London (central, inner and outer) covering a variety of land uses (employment, retail, tourism, leisure etc). Whilst it is not possible to count and monitor all pedestrians, the sample of sites will set a benchmark to which subsequent years can be compared.