Tell Motoring Groups: Support Street Closures for the Health of our Kids!
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Association of British Drivers
Brian Gregory
RAC Foundation
Stephen Glaister
Safe Speed
Claire Armstrong
Health Minister
Anne Milton

Tell Motoring Groups: Support Street Closures for the Health of our Kids!

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UK health minister Anne Milton is talking about enacting “play streets” across the country to help tackle its childhood obesity problem.

Milton has discussed closing certain streets on Sundays as part of a national effort to get kids and families moving, provide more space for kids to play, and set aside regular time for neighbors to convene and socialize.

But the proposal is drawing its share of criticism, particularly from motoring groups. Association of British Drivers' chairman Brian Gregory, told Autoblog UK, "It's not so long ago that the government assured us it was ending the war on the motorist. We pay several times over to use our roads, not be banned from them.”

Says Claire Armstrong, spokeswoman for Safe Speed, "It may also deprive many people, including those without children, from having proper, necessary and rightful access [to roads] when there are such few alternatives.” Sign our online petition to express your support for play streets and to convince the opposition that a countrywide initiative does not have to infringe on motorists’ rights!

Photo courtesy of PlayingOut.net.

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    • Amy Rose BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      I think it is important to consider a model where residents can have vehicular access and keep this campaign about children's play and wider community benefit rather than a war on cars. Cars don't have to be "banned" from streets for children to play out and have independent mobility in their neighbourhoods. Car drivers need to be sensible and considerate (and most are) and drive as though they expect children playing on residential streets. www.playingout.net

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    • Libby Truscott RICKMANSWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Being a motorist and a parent, I see the argument from both sides. Yes motorists pay a hefty fine for the privilege of being able to drive their cars, but our countryside, parks and green spaces are all diminishing, where will future generations of children play? Surely most adults now will remember a time when they play cricket or football with all the neighbours is the street? We are not talking of closing the M25 here, just small roads so our children can be safe, meet new friends and play freely, which is a right that every child has.

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    • Tim Gill LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Street closures are not about being anti-car, they are about making neighbourhoods better for everyone - especially children. And anyway, most car drivers are also parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles as well.

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      • over 3 years ago

      This is such an important issue. Far too many people with cars think that their rights are so much more important than that of children. The reality is that children just don't know how to lobby so well.

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