Is London a 20 Minute City?
The concept of the 20 minute city is gaining momentum to meet both environmental and sustainable long-term demands. The initiative is designed to get residents living and accessing their places of need within a 20 minute journey, either through public transport, walking or cycling. The key aim is to reduce car dependency in cities for emission objectives.
About the Project
In this installment we look at access to supermarkets, hospitals and GPs, primary schools, secondary schools, and public transport stops in London..
All the cities begin with a foundation of a detailed road and footpath network, we used OS Highways which is available in DataCutter.
For the origins, Basemap created a grid of points based on the city boundary and then found the Points of Interest (POI) within this boundary for each destination type. This means that the accessibility to these destination points could reach beyond the city boundary but for the scope of this series, we are specifically looking at the accessibility within the city limits. So, the results of our TRACC analysis of London are in… With an accessibility percentage of 98.94%, there is little room for criticism in terms of how many residents and visitors can reach medical treatment in London.
Public Transport Access to Hospitals and GPs
With an accessibility percentage of 98.94% there is little room for criticism in terms of how many residents and visitors can reach medical treatment with London.
The medical facilities that we have analysed numbered 3058 registered GPs, Hospitals, A&E and walk-in centres. This does not differentiate between private medical facilities and those that are run by the public healthcare system (NHS). It would be interesting in the future to analyse how many patients can access an NHS hospital within 20 minutes of public transport and/or walking. Food for… well… treatment for thought.