Make our streets safe for social distancing

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Many people have enjoyed the quieter streets during lockdown. Children have been able to ride their bikes on the street for the first time. 

But as our streets get busier again, we need them to be safe. All of us – including young children and vulnerable people – are having to frequently go into the road to make space for others to pass safely at 2m. Many drivers are slowing down and making space for this, but too many others are not. 

As one parent puts it, "None of us should have to choose between risking our lives from the virus or from fast moving traffic".

We therefore call on the UK government, local authorities and police to:

  • Send a strong public message to drivers about the need to slow down and make space 
  • Urgently tackle speeding and other driving offences in residential areas
  • Set an emergency national 20mph speed limit for residential streets
  • Quickly implement other ways to make our streets safe for children and communities (eg this signage adopted in Pasadena, California)

Recent government funding for things like widening pavements on some busier roads is very good news, but realistically this won’t quickly change most ordinary residential streets. We need all our streets to be safe for children and communities right now.

Safer streets are also cleaner, friendlier, happier, healthier places to live.

#SafeStreetsSaveLives #Streets4People

Playing Out is a national network of parents and residents working to make their streets safer for communities and restore children's freedom.  

This petition is also being supported by: Living Streets, Brake, Roadpeace, 20 is Plenty, British Cycling and many local campaign groups.