Car owners are less active, bike owners more active - official
A new study based on data from London concludes that the key variables in active travel (walking or cycling) are ownership or cars and bicycles.
In the Journal of Transport and Health the authors of say that “ People living in a household with access to a car are more likely to report that they have made no active travel in a day. Just over 70 per cent of those in non-car owning households report some active travel compared to 55 per cent of those living in one car households and 44 per cent of those in households with access to two or more cars.”
The authors noted that while cycling only makes up 6 per cent of overall active travel, they found that “owning a bicycle had the second strongest association with active travel (not necessarily by actually cycling). For Outer London those who owned a bicycle and had cycled recently were 2.15 times more likely to achieve 30 min of active travel than those who did not. Those who owned a bicycle but who had not cycled recently still were 125 per cent more likely to have made over 30 min of active travel. For Inner London, those who had a bicycle available to them and who had cycled recently were 1.8 times more likely to achieve 30 min of active travel in a day compared with those who did not. However, those who owned a bicycle but had not cycled recently were not more likely to have made over 30 min of active travel than those without a bicycle.”
What we don’t know is what exactly is behind the link between cycle ownership and a greater degree of active travel. Do more active people buy bikes and then don’t use them or do people who buy cycles feel the urge to be more active even if it’s not on the cycle they just bought.
The study concludes that the strongest associations of active travel “lie with car ownership, age and bicycle ownership.” The authors say “There are not clear patterns associated with ethnicity or gender and there is not a strong relationship with household income.”
Abstract of article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160628072255.htm
Graeme A. Fairnie, David J.R. Wilby, Lucinda E. Saunders. Active travel in London: The role of travel survey data in describing population physical activity. Journal of Transport & Health, 2016; 3 (2): 161 DOI:10.1016/j.jth.2016.02.003
There have been a couple of media reports about Shuttleworth Hotel, temporary accommodation used by Hackney Council and several other local authorities, following the death of a resident. Cllr Philip Glanville, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, responds:
"The sad death at Shuttleworth Hotel is troubling, and alongside the concerns expressed by some residents, serves to highlight the challenges faced by those in housing need and the difficulties we face in responding to the housing crisis.
"The Council inspected the hostel in May where it was rated, against London guidelines, as satisfactory. Whilst Mr Coughlin was not placed in the hostel by Hackney, we also undertook another inspection yesterday (Wednesday) in light of what happened to see what else we can do and we will be working with other councils, and local police, to find out what can be improved. I will be writing to all residents placed in the hostel by Hackney to let them know how to contact me or the council for support.
"London and Hackney are facing unprecedented demand for housing, as well as for advice and support. There are now some 11,500 people on our housing waiting list and more than 2,500 households in temporary accommodation.
"Government policies, like the right to buy, cuts to genuinely affordable housing delivery and the failure to control rising private rents have combined to create an unprecedentedly hostile time for councils trying to provide new homes. There is also the ongoing impact of benefit cuts, particularly the freeze in support for housing costs in an era of rising rents.
This severely affects the ability of low and middle income families to keep up with their rent or source viable 'affordable' accommodation. A situation that will get even worse as the Housing and Planning Act is implemented.
"Despite the immense challenges, the Council will do all it can to support those in housing need. Indeed, we have expanded our temporary accommodation to help those most in need, purchasing or refurbishing three hostels recently adding 86 new places. We are also making better use of empty homes earmarked for regeneration (as we seek to replace poor quality buildings with new homes), bringing them into use as temporary accommodation.
"We continue to make strenuous efforts to address homelessness - including opening London's first one-stop-shop for single homeless people at the Greenhouse Hub - and have been successful in preventing homelessness in a significant number of cases by working with tenants before they lose their home.
"Hackney is one of the biggest council home-builders in the country, filling the gap left by the market and Government, building more than 3,700 new homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale in the coming years. In addition, I have been campaigning for a better private rental sector, including the stabilisation of rents and longer tenancies.
"There are huge hurdles to overcome but we are determined to do all we can to support those in housing need, in the face of what can seem like insurmountable challenges".
Photo: One of the new lorries with fewer blind spots
Cyclist serious injuries fall in 2015
According to the latest figures from Transport for London the number of fatal and serious injuries (KSIs) to cyclists on London’s roads fell by 10% in 2015. LCC welcomes the fall in injuries and urges the Mayor to pursue policies such as safer lorries and high grade cycle superhighways that will bring the collision rate down further.
The number of cyclist fatalities in 2015 was 9 compared to 13 in 2014 although the overall number of fatalities on the roads rose from 127 to 136 with motorcyclists fatalities rising by a third to 36 and pedestrian deaths rising from 64 to 66.
TfL does not yet publish rate based data (number of injuries per mile travelled) as requested by LCC which means it is hard to assess the actual change in road danger. We understand that TfL are considering publication of such data.
Of the nine cyclist fatalities 7 involved an HGV which emphasises the importance of the new Mayor’s commitment to:
“deliver a direct vision standard for HGVs. The direct vision standard will be published later this year. I will lobby hard to ensure it is used to inform future regulation governing the design of trucks both in the UK and across the EU.”
Reflecting his promise to LCC to make safer lorries the London standard the Mayor has said:
“TfL will also work with vehicle manufacturers, regulators, the Department for Transport and freight operators to ensure proposed standards are as far reaching as practicable within current legislation, are fit for purpose and can be implemented as quickly as possible. This standard is the key to getting ever greater numbers of safer trucks operating on the streets of London. I am also developing a plan to enable TfL, the rest of the GLA family and other public and private sector organisations to specify that these safer urban trucks are used widely by companies in their supply chains.”
In its press release TfL said:
“Our road safety strategy, as set out in Safe London Streets: Our Approach, is focused on tackling the five key sources of road dangers which include; travelling too fast, distractions, carrying out risky manoeuvers, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and failing to comply with the laws of the road. Achieving this will help to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s streets by 2020.”
Full Casualties in Greater London 2015 report can be found in the ‘Facts Sheet’ section here: tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/road-safety
TfL’s London Collision Map can be found here: tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-security/road-safety/london-collision
Safe London Streets: TfL’s approach to safety can be found here: content.tfl.gov.uk/safe-london-streets-our-approach.pdf
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The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe CBE, has announced that he will be resigning from his position next month, after being appointed Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills.
Mayor Pipe has represented Hackney for 20 years, first as a backbench councillor, then Leader of the Council, and as elected Mayor since 2002.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Jules Pipe brings to City Hall extensive knowledge of the capital, and the key challenges it faces.
"He and I share a determination to ensure London’s prosperity is shared by all Londoners, and that we plan ahead to equip the city for its future economic, infrastructure, skills and housing needs. Jules will be a fantastic addition to my top team at a time when London needs a stronger voice more than ever before in championing its unique interests, following the fallout from the EU referendum result.”
Mayor Pipe will formally resign next month. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Philip Glanville, will fulfil the functions of the position from that point until a new Mayor is elected. A Mayoral election is expected to be held in September.
Hackney was out and proud at this year’s pride parade, supporting LBGT+ communities in the borough and beyond, but the support won’t stop there, as this year the magnificent Stik banner produced for the event will go on auction to fund LGBT+ projects within the borough.
The ‘I Love Hackney’ Black Cab, crowned by street artist Stik’s bold statement banner, was the centre piece to Hackney Council’s Pride parade walking group and cheered on by almost a million spectators.
The two stick figures holding hands against a rainbow backdrop was a potent symbol of love and LGBT+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, plus) equality. As the parade moved through central London, some of the spectators included Hackney residents who had made their own Stik placards from special edition copies of Hackney Today.
Imogen Pipe, a young Hackney resident, brought her homemade banner for Stik to sign that included her own slogan on the back “Be free, have fun, make friends.” Her younger brother, Alexander, had also brought along a miniature version of a Stik banner that included a heart on the back where he had also written the short, but potent word, “Love”.
The world famous artist Stik, who created the art work, joined Hackney’s contingent along with The Speaker of Hackney, Councillors, Hackney Council staff members and their families.
Hackney’s walking group was also joined by local drag king, Richard, who was giving out copies of Hackney Today, the Pride special edition. This proved hugely popular with spectators, with some fans of the artist Stik able to get their copies of the paper signed.
Pride is a festival to celebrate and represent LGBT+ culture and history and raise awareness of issues suffered by those marginalised and link LGBT+ groups across the UK. There were many groups in the parade including LGBT+ foster parents, Stonewall UK and members of the armed services.
More than 300 groups took part in the parade, which was led by an Absolutely Fabulous themed float, headed by Patsy (Jennifer Saunders) and Eddie (Joanna Lumley). Among the 400,000 people who took part in the march was London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who took part in the minute silence for the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, he also quoted Martin Luther King Jr during his speech in Trafalgar Sq: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
The banner, manufactured by Flagmakers, who make flags for the Queen, will now go on display at Hackney Museum in Reading Lane. The Council will then auction the artwork with all the money raised going towards a local LGBT+ project or charity.
If you are a Hackney resident and would like to suggest an idea for which LGBT+ project money raised should go towards, please e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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