Playing Out is a parent and resident-led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live.
According to Playing Out:
“Active travel has huge health and environmental benefits for everyone. But for children, it has an extra and incredibly important significance, as walking and cycling are their only means to get around independently of adults – to get to the bus stop, call on a friend, go to the park or local shops, get themselves to school. The benefit of this “independent mobility” for children is immeasurable, opening up opportunities, enabling them to be outdoors and active, to connect with friends, to gain confidence and to feel part of their local neighbourhoods.
Through using the street in a different way, play streets encourage a shift away from a “roads are for cars” mentality, showing that the streets where we live are a shared space for everyone to use, including children. This can influence car drivers to drive more considerately through residential areas, with greater awareness of other “road users”, or even to avoid driving for short journeys.”
If our streets work for children, they work for everyone
At a recent webinar, Playing Out spoke to Chris Boardman about his exciting new role at Active Travel England and the changes the agency will be making to infrastructure in order to support active travel and make streets more welcoming not just for children, but for everyone.
The talk is well worth a watch; you can view a recording here or find a summary of the highlights below:
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