TfL's health action plan

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1625
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Transport for London's recently published health action plan is very clear in advocating the need for TfL to encourage more people to walk.  In contradiction to this,  TfL  has no walking target or clear plan for increasing walking (in the way they do for cycling for example).  Will the Mayor show he takes walking and the recommendations of this report seriously by now setting an ambitious target to increase walking and plan for how this will be done.

Answer

Answer for TfL's health action plan

Answer for TfL's health action plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London is a great city for walking, with 24 per cent of all trips already being made on foot - that is 6.43 million walking trips per day.  On top of that, walking journeys made as part of public transport trips have increased by 39 per cent since 2006/7. 

I am committed to making walking in London as attractive and enjoyable as possible, and to see it grow by a further one million trips per day by 2031, as set out in my Transport Strategy.

TfL will be investing £4bn in the road network over the next ten years, and much of this investment is aimed at transforming the quality and experience of London's civic spaces as places to walk and linger. 

In addition, around £30m is set aside to deliver urban realm and walking improvements around all Crossrail stations, and TfL will continue to enhance spaces around its Underground and Overground stations, be it through urban realm improvements or the delivery of the new Legible London interchange totem. 

TfL will also continue to promote walking at every level, through its new website and Journey Planner, the further roll out of Legible London with the aim of 3,000 signs being delivered by 2022, led walks and other walking events, and work with all schools and many London businesses. 

Last but not least, to ensure that all this investment delivers for those on foot, I am keen that we also improve the way that we measure walking, and officers at TfL and the GLA are rapidly developing our capability to use smart data to do so.