TfL’s Director of Transport Strategy Lilli Matson said: “This research from our new online hub shows the link between creating enjoyable spaces, where people want to spend time, and the results for better business.”
In those areas improved – such as the mini-Holland redesign in the suburb of Walthamstow, ten miles north of Westminster – the number of people walking in the streets increased by 93%.
People also spent more time in the street, with a 216% increase in activity such as going into shops and cafés.
Thanks to the increased – and improved – footfall, retail rental values increased by 7.5% and there was a 17% decline in retail vacancies.
London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said: “With businesses across London really struggling to survive, we have to do everything we can to support them.
He added: “Adapting our streets to enable more people to walk and cycle makes them cleaner, healthier and more welcoming, which encourages more people to shop locally.”