If you want children to have more freedom to play out close to home, there are lots of things you can do.
As well as the play streets idea, which we initiated in Bristol in 2009, there are other routes to try and create safer public space so children can play out. In these How? pages we bring together information on various projects and ideas that we and others have developed and worked on over the years. It’s a work in progress and we will keep adding to it.
Small, personal actions are a good start if you don’t have much time or are unsure of what you want to do, and they can be extremely powerful. Or there are more collective or creative actions you can take:
Over the years we’ve seen that thinking differently about your street, helping children to play out, or opening your street for play, are all having a bigger effect, rippling outwards to inspire other people, streets, neighbourhoods and cities. A similar effect is also happening on-line. And everything – from tiny thoughts to bigger action – is starting to help make our culture more supportive of children and their freedom to play out. We’re very excited by all this change and hope you will join us.