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Research: traffic stops children playing on their street


Research commissioned by walking charity, Living Streets shows that ‘60 percent of children aged 4-11 never play out on their local street according to their parents – up from 50 percent a decade ago’.

The online survey asked 2039 parents with children aged 4 to 11 whether their local street was a safe and welcoming place that their child could enjoy, over a third (36 percent) disagreed.

People were also asked about the most noticeable changes to their local streets since they were a child, the majority said higher traffic volume (74 percent).

Senior Director of Living Streets, Jenni Wiggle, said: 

‘We want families to feel happy to let their children play out on their local streets so they can enjoy being active and making friends, but that won’t happen without change … Encouraging people out of their cars for those short, everyday journeys can reduce the amount of traffic on our streets and start to transform our streets into cleaner, safer and more welcoming places for people of all ages.’

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