Building a Playful Oxfordshire: how child-friendly planning and design can save cities

Another chance to catch Oxfordshire Liveable Streets’ and Active Oxfordshire’s excellent online talk with Tim Gill, author of Urban Playground, which considered how viewing our neighbourhoods through the lens of children can make them better for everyone.

Image showing increased mobility for children leading to increased things to do

This was the first in a series of online ‘Build Back Fairer’ events considering how we might address the inequalities that some people face in accessing public space – be that streets, parks or other open spaces.

It features a contribution from 10-year old Miriam, who shares her experiences of living in the Florence Park low traffic neighbourhood, and shows how feedback from Cowley’s children was used to create a kids’ map to help them navigate their neighbourhood independently.

If you didn’t manage to catch the session live, you can view it here:

More from Tim Gill:

Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities – Hosted by David Bernstein & Carlton Reid since 2006

Further reading on this topic:

Is local kids’ independence the price for drivers’ convenience?
Long queues of parents practising social distancing at the school gates has become an everyday sight since children returned to school after lockdown and is likely to remain so for a good while yet. The pandemic has changed the school run for many families, bringing questions about our shared roads