Why do we need Healthy Streets improvements here?March 9, 2020 0 COMMENTS
The A404 which passes through Wembley and Harlesden town centres is currently heavily congested with motor vehicles, which causes pollution, travel delays and contributes to unacceptable numbers of people being killed or seriously injured on these roads every year. Between 2015 and 2018 there were 312 collisions along this corridor in Brent (1 fatal, 27 serious and 284 slight injured). Air pollution affects all road users and is particularly damaging to children.
Significant population growth is also expected in this area with several housing developments currently in progress, which will mean increased travel in the area. So there is a need to provide alternative safe and healthy travel options to help people to get around and to ease congestion. We also know from our analysis that many of the car journeys made in this part of London are short car trips that could reasonably be walked or cycled if the streets were made more attractive for these modes. Because of this, TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis has identified the corridor between Wembley and Willesden Junction as being one of the top 25 in London for future cycling potential.
We want to help make London the world’s most attractive and healthy city by improving air quality, encouraging physical activity, reducing the dominance of motorised traffic and making London a greener and more pleasant place to live in line with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. We aim to connect communities, reduce road danger, enhance local life, and enable and encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.