Better Health for London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3022
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Health Commission's "Better Health for London" report says, "TfL has identified 5.6 million walkable trips." What is TfL doing to encourage people to walk these trips? 

Answer

Answer for Better Health for London (2)

Answer for Better Health for London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I set out my response to this proposal from the London Health Commission (LHC) in my February 2015 report.  This can be found at:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Mayor%27s%20response%20to%20LHC%20Feb%202015.pdf

I was also one of the partners in the joint publication of Better Health for London: next steps on 19 March 2015. This set out what will be done, by a range of pan-London agencies, in response to the London Health Commission report.  This report can be found at: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Better%20Health%20for%20London%20Next%20Steps_2.pdf

TfL supports a wide range of walking initiatives across London, including the Strategic Walk Network of seven walking routes across London. These incorporate a 40-mile stretch along the Thames that was completed in 2012.

Legible London is an easy-to-use signage system that was designed by TfL after working with disability groups. It presents information in a range of ways, including maps and directional information. Legible London is already working successfully across the capital, with more than 1,300 signs. TfL is now working with boroughs, Business Improvement Districts and other organisations to expand the scheme.

TfL is also investing in London's streets to make them more inviting and attractive to walk in.  Half of all walking in London is done as part of public transport trips so the investment TfL is making in the public transport network is also vital for maintaining growing walking in the city and keeping Londoners healthy.