Enjoy Waltham Forest
With a funding pot of £30 million from Transport for London and the Mayor of London, we’re changing our streets to make them fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.
In recent years Waltham Forest has gone from strength to strength, with new independent restaurants, cafes and pubs opening, and a blossoming craft beer scene, offering a great selection of places to enjoy.
We want to continue to make the borough more enjoyable for everybody, with an ambitious programme of regeneration activities borough wide. We know that as the population and the choice of places to shop, eat, visit and enjoy increase, our town centres and roads will get busier so we need to re-design our roads to make sure it’s easier and safer to get around and that transport options are improved and more reliable.
All of this development will not only make the borough an improved place to live, work and travel, but will help attract more residents, visitors and businesses, improving the local economy and generating new jobs.
Mini-Holland in Waltham Forest
In 2013, all 18 outer London boroughs were invited to apply for funding from the Mayor of London’s Mini-Hollands fund and Waltham Forest was one of just three boroughs (Enfield and Kingston being the others) selected to share the pot of money.
Since then, we’ve used this funding to upgrade our streets and road network to help tackle key issues surrounding road safety, air quality and public health.
“Mini-Holland” is one of many projects underway to make Waltham Forest safer for walking and cycling and is made up of a total of 13 schemes. Full scheme details can be found in the work in your area section of this website.
To ensure our roads continue to work for all once “Mini-Holland” has been completed, a Design Guide has been developed to feed into all future highways schemes.
Making our roads work for all
Our research shows that more people in Waltham Forest are cycling. In our 2016 resident insight survey, 17% (approx. 46,100 people) said they cycle, compared to 12% (approx. 32,500 people) the year before – and two-thirds (73%) said they cycle at least once a week, up from 62% in 2015.
With just over 40% of households with no access to a car and the number of people cycling on the increase we need to continue making our streets safer, while also improving access to public transport. Our aim is to get 100% of the population cycling 10% of the time, instead of only 10% cycling 100% of the time. By doing this, the amount of journeys driven will reduce significantly, freeing up the roads for people who need to use them and helping to reduce air pollution.
We are creating roads of the future today
- Cycle lanes that give you a safe and dedicated space to cycle
- New and upgraded crossings to prioritise pedestrians and make walking safer
- Upgraded junctions that help traffic to flow more easily
- Walking and cycling routes that make it easier to get between our town centres
- Cycle hubs and cycle hangars to make storing bikes easy
- New and improved public spaces to make the borough a more attractive place to spend time and improve air quality
- Quieter residential streets that make walking and cycling more appealing and safer for all
- Upgraded bus stops and bus stop locations to make public transport more accessible and reliable.
Key benefits to Waltham Forest
- An increase in cycling and walking among residents will mean less people driving, easing congestion on the roads
- Less congestion on the road network which means less emissions and better air quality
- Wider pavements and new crossings for safer pedestrian and cycle access
- New cycle tracks that link in with the borough’s wider cycle network
- A more attractive, safer place with new public spaces
- More green space, more trees and plants
- The uptake of walking and cycling will improve the health and fitness of residents
- Increase in footfall in areas creating a boost for businesses in our town centre
- A fit for purpose road network that can cope with growth.
Improving road safety
Ensuring our roads are safer for all is a key priority for us and our walking and cycling projects. By reducing traffic speeds, providing designated spaces for people to cycle, prioritising pedestrians at junctions and increasing and upgrading crossings we hope to make the borough a safer place to travel, encourage residents to think more about road safety and reduce collisions borough wide.
In 2014 there were 758 collisions on roads in the borough:
- 73% of collisions happened in daylight
- 79% happened in dry road conditions
- Two people were killed and 59 seriously injured, including:
- Nine children seriously injured
- Two adults killed (car driver and passenger)
- 22 pedestrians
- 17 car occupants
- 10 moped riders/motorcyclists
- 6 cyclists.
- 891 people received slight injuries, including:
- 475 car drivers and passengers
- 141 cyclists
- 170 pedestrians
- 114 motorcyclists and passengers
- 588 (62% of casualties) were aged between 25 and 59
- 69 (7%) were of school age (5 to 16).
Improving air quality and the health of our residents
With 1 in 5 car journeys in the borough each morning and afternoon involving a trip to and from school we have an extra 5,000 to 6,000 cars on our roads at the busiest times of the day. As the vast majority of school trips are less than a mile, by switching from the car to walking or cycling we would see a huge reduction in congestion and pollution during peak hours.
Plus with 1 in 4 children aged 11 classed as obese in Waltham Forest, walking or cycling the 20 minute journey would provide a huge benefit to the health and wellbeing of residents.
Did you know
- It is estimated that 10% of adults in the borough are obese, 14% of age 11 children are overweight, and over 23% are obese
- It takes 20 minutes to walk a mile, even with a buggy
- Waltham Forest is an air quality management area
- The main pollutants of concern in Waltham Forest are Nitrogen dioxide and particulates, or PM10’s, of which road traffic is the main contributor.