Londoners’ daily active travel

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

The update for your Health Inequalities Strategy implementation plan shows that 42 per cent of Londoners undertake 20 minutes of active travel daily, up three per cent from 2018-19. What is your target for the percentage of Londoners achieving this level of activity in 2022-23 and 2023-24?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Transport Strategy sets out the ambition that by 2041 all Londoners will do the 20 minutes of active travel per day they need to stay healthy, known as the ‘Active People’ target. This is measured using The London Travel Demand Survey.

Prior to the pandemic the Active People target increased for two consecutive years from 38 per cent in 2017/18, to 39 per cent in 2018/19 and 42 per cent in 2019/20. However, levels fell during the pandemic to 35 per cent in 2020/21, as people responded to the various lockdown restrictions. There are no targets set for 2022-23 and 2023-24, but it is clearly more important than ever that we accelerate the implementation of Healthy Streets delivery to increase the proportion of Londoners achieving 20 minutes of active travel per day, addressing the health inequalities highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic and reducing harmful emissions from private vehicles.