The most prominent example of low-traffic neighbourhoods in England is in the London borough of Waltham Forest.
A number of similar initiatives inspired by this scheme and its proven success in addressing problems such as road safety, physical inactivity and air pollution are now being implemented around the country.
Closer to home, Headington is just one of several areas in Oxford exploring the benefits LTNs could bring to their neighbourhoods.
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The London borough of Waltham Forest has a population just under twice the size of Oxford as a whole and is home to three hospitals, including a large university hospital.
In 2013, Waltham Forest seized the opportunity provided by a TfL grant to address these issues and implemented Enjoy Waltham Forest, a series of schemes to make a positive change for the people who live there. More than five years after implementation, we’re now able to draw on data collected from the total of 13 schemes which together became known around the country as ‘Waltham Forest Mini-Holland’.
Click here for a short film about Waltham Forest.
A growing national movement towards active, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods
A number of initiatives inspired by Enjoy Waltham Forest and its proven success in addressing the problems caused by physical inactivity and air pollution are now springing up around the country and their names in themselves tell a story about the motivation behind them: St Peter’s People-Friendly Streets (Islington), Our Healthy Walworth – Low Emission Neighbourhood (Southwark), Active Travel Neighbourhoods (Leeds) and active neighbourhoods in Birmingham, to name just some of them.