Playing Out is a UK-based organisation aimed at restoring children’s freedom to “play out” where they live, tackling traffic danger and other barriers. Started by parents in Bristol, England in 2009, the resident-led ‘temporary play street’ model is now followed by street communities across the UK and around the world. This simple model involves neighbours coming together to close their street to through-traffic for a few hours on a regular basis, with permission from local authorities. Neighbours take turns to ‘steward’ the road closure whilst children play freely, bringing out bikes, scooters and other play equipment from home. Play streets have been shown to positively impact children’s physical activity and wellbeing, community connection, active citizenship and helping to shift culture towards a more child-friendly built environment and active travel.
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Check out Playing Out’s infographic on active travel here.