Better Health for London (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3023
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Health Commission's "Better Health for London" report says, "the Mayor should dedicate 20% of his TfL advertising space to a campaign to get Londoners to walk more". Can you update me on the progress made by TfL on this issue?

Answer

Answer for Better Health for London (3)

Answer for Better Health for London (3)

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 already has a programme of promotional activity includes free guided walking weekend events and walk to school accreditation schemes. In addition, investment in infrastructure such as Legible London, footway asset renewal and major public realm schemes provide better walking environments for Londoners, making it an accessible and appealing choice leading to longer term uptake. Half of all the walking in London is as part of longer trips on London's world class public transport system which enables Londoners to incorporate activity into their daily routine.

This summer I launched the London's Great Outdoors publicity campaign which included posters on the London Underground network to encourage Londoners to get out and explore their local areas and the newly improved public realm and 'pocket parks' that I have been investing in.