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Organisations join forces to encourage street play


Playing Out has launched a joint campaign with British Cycling to empower more parents to close their streets for children to play outdoors.

The campaign is encouraging parents and residents to get together with neighbours to organise street play sessions on their local street or estate, or to urge their council to join the 63 local authorities across the UK that have already put supportive street play policies in place.

Research commissioned by British Cycling shows that whilst 92 percent of parents used to ride their bike on local streets as a child, 76 percent said they feel it is less safe for their child to do so because of traffic danger. The research highlights the negative impact that worries over traffic are having on children’s freedom and ability to cycle and play outside with others. 

The campaign also is supported by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, who said:

‘It’s going to take a whole government approach to bring back a culture and environment where all children can play out safely, something I am strongly calling for. But parents and residents across the UK taking action to organise play streets are helping to lead the way and I encourage councils and community organisations to get behind them.’

More information from Playing Out

More information from British Cycling