Fast moving traffic stops children playing outside in East Lancashire

53 per cent of adults thought traffic was a barrier to children playing out where they lived

53 per cent of adults thought traffic was a barrier to children playing out where they lived

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

LEADING campaigners for 20mph zones in residential areas have highlighted a new survey showing fast-moving traffic is one of the main reasons for parents refusing to let children play out.

Former Lancashire County Council boss Geoff Driver and Blackburn with Darwen Liberal Democrat leader David Foster believe the lower speed limit encourages youngsters to spend more time in the open air, and less on their computer games.

The poll, released to mark yesterday’s Playday 2013, questioned 1,000 UK children, aged between five and 16, and 1,000 parents with children the same age.

Of the five to 11-year-olds, 53per cent said they would like to play outside more.

Of the adults, 53per cent thought traffic was a barrier to children playing out where they lived.

Coun Foster has led political support for the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Slower Speeds, Safer Children’ campaign to persuade Blackburn with Darwen Council to bring in 20mph speed limits across all the borough’s residential streets.

Coun Driver brought in a rolling programme to introduce the lower speed limit throughout the county’s residential areas, including Pendle, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Hyndburn, Chorley and Rossendale, when in charge of the giant authority.

The new Labour leadership, under Jenny Mein, paused the progamme to review the evidence of its success and, after the launch of our campaign, authorised its completion.

Coun Foster said: “The introduction of 20mph speed limits across Blackburn with Darwen, combined with road safety education for children and drivers, would make it much easier for youngsters to play in the street.

“Fast-moving traffic is a real deterrent to parents letting their children out to see friends, or go to the shop.

“It’s traditional for children to play in the street round here, as I did when I was a child.  “It is good for their health.”

Burnley-born councillor Driver said: “Traffic is a real problem for parents when it comes to their children going out.

“20mph speed limits make it easier for children to play out, or go to the shop, or meet friends, or go to the park.

“Of course, very young children need to be supervised, and trained, about road safety. But the lower speed zones really do make a difference.”

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10:22pm Thu 8 Aug 13

burner says...

Yeah . . . I am a highly resonsible parent and all I want for my child is for him to play out in the street. What's wrong with that? As long as it's only 20 mph what can POSSIBLY go wrong ???
Yeah . . . I am a highly resonsible parent and all I want for my child is for him to play out in the street. What's wrong with that? As long as it's only 20 mph what can POSSIBLY go wrong ??? burner
  • Score: 1

10:41pm Thu 8 Aug 13

Mister Red says...

Children would be fine if they stayed on the pavement and not in the road,whatever speed cars are going.I know their minds wonder and they forget where they are sometimes.It is just human nature.
If there were more places for kids to play they would not have to play on the street.
I see the big park at the top of Dall Street has been sold off to private buyers to build houses on,at the cost of children losing another park in the area.
Pretty soon they wont be able to play anywhere except on the streets.
Children would be fine if they stayed on the pavement and not in the road,whatever speed cars are going.I know their minds wonder and they forget where they are sometimes.It is just human nature. If there were more places for kids to play they would not have to play on the street. I see the big park at the top of Dall Street has been sold off to private buyers to build houses on,at the cost of children losing another park in the area. Pretty soon they wont be able to play anywhere except on the streets. Mister Red
  • Score: 5

11:27pm Thu 8 Aug 13

EmzK10 says...

Headline..."Fast moving traffic stops children playing outside in East Lancashire"
Story...Lets lower speed limits because this is the answer to safe outdoor play for kids....
Between the lines... what a load of political tosh... note the council input.

Where's the reality check in all of this?

Yes those who do take proper parental responsibility for the healthy upbringing of their offspring would like and their children to take part in more physical and outdoor play, however I'd argue that for the vast majority of those good parents the reason they don't encourage "playing out" as we did in the past is more to do with the risks of them encountering a person / persons of questionable character to say the least. The biggest obstacle to children playing out is the fear of paedophiles nearby, not cars on the road.

In no way is this next statement an excuse for the poor and inconsiderate driving of those that do not respect and abide by the law, but "back in the day" when most kids were out playing on residential streets they were educated not to play on busy roads or in roads and taught to look out for traffic...responsibl
e parenting?! I don't think that the driving attitudes have changed much really, but "parenting" has...

At the other end of the spectrum are those "have a kid to stay on benefits "parents" "...as long as the money comes in they don't really care! Primary school children are roaming the streets well after dark - granted then that there is some point to this article, it's called the nation suffering the burden and responsibility of looking after the offspring of those who simply can't be arsed!
Headline..."Fast moving traffic stops children playing outside in East Lancashire" Story...Lets lower speed limits because this is the answer to safe outdoor play for kids.... Between the lines... what a load of political tosh... note the council input. Where's the reality check in all of this? Yes those who do take proper parental responsibility for the healthy upbringing of their offspring would like and their children to take part in more physical and outdoor play, however I'd argue that for the vast majority of those good parents the reason they don't encourage "playing out" as we did in the past is more to do with the risks of them encountering a person / persons of questionable character to say the least. The biggest obstacle to children playing out is the fear of paedophiles nearby, not cars on the road. In no way is this next statement an excuse for the poor and inconsiderate driving of those that do not respect and abide by the law, but "back in the day" when most kids were out playing on residential streets they were educated not to play on busy roads or in roads and taught to look out for traffic...responsibl e parenting?! I don't think that the driving attitudes have changed much really, but "parenting" has... At the other end of the spectrum are those "have a kid to stay on benefits "parents" "...as long as the money comes in they don't really care! Primary school children are roaming the streets well after dark - granted then that there is some point to this article, it's called the nation suffering the burden and responsibility of looking after the offspring of those who simply can't be arsed! EmzK10
  • Score: 14

12:16am Fri 9 Aug 13

Sgl says...

When exactly where road reclassified as play areas?

Children should NOT be playing in the roads, it is as simple as that. Lowering speed limits in residential area, which I'm not against, does not make roads a suitable place for children to play.

Perhaps if all the school field weren't sold or fenced off they could go there.

Children should be taught that cars are dangerous at all speed and thus not to play where cars belong. Roads are made for cars, not children.
When exactly where road reclassified as play areas? Children should NOT be playing in the roads, it is as simple as that. Lowering speed limits in residential area, which I'm not against, does not make roads a suitable place for children to play. Perhaps if all the school field weren't sold or fenced off they could go there. Children should be taught that cars are dangerous at all speed and thus not to play where cars belong. Roads are made for cars, not children. Sgl
  • Score: 10

12:41am Fri 9 Aug 13

theboxman says...

i live on a busy 20 mph road and spend hours in the garden. The 20 mph is a complete and utter waste of time and is 90 percent ignored and never policed making it highly dangerous for the little dears who regularly fly down the middle of this road on their scooters and skateboards whist their parents are doing 30)40 mph on the same road .DriverEducation, more parental responsibility and severe high penalties will carry much more results than the utter waste of money expended on this 20 mph fiasco. What next, why not have a man with a red flag to walk in front of each vehicle?/ Oh sorry i forgot, we tried this 100 years ago...
i live on a busy 20 mph road and spend hours in the garden. The 20 mph is a complete and utter waste of time and is 90 percent ignored and never policed making it highly dangerous for the little dears who regularly fly down the middle of this road on their scooters and skateboards whist their parents are doing 30)40 mph on the same road .DriverEducation, more parental responsibility and severe high penalties will carry much more results than the utter waste of money expended on this 20 mph fiasco. What next, why not have a man with a red flag to walk in front of each vehicle?/ Oh sorry i forgot, we tried this 100 years ago... theboxman
  • Score: 5

1:21am Fri 9 Aug 13

happycyclist says...

Geoff Driver, David Foster and Jenny Mein... one question: Do you drive? If so, you're part of the problem. It has nothing to do with speed. There is simply too much traffic on the roads for them to be safe enough for children to play on. I grew up in an era when we could play on the street all day long because there was little traffic, but times have changed. Accept that.
Geoff Driver, David Foster and Jenny Mein... one question: Do you drive? If so, you're part of the problem. It has nothing to do with speed. There is simply too much traffic on the roads for them to be safe enough for children to play on. I grew up in an era when we could play on the street all day long because there was little traffic, but times have changed. Accept that. happycyclist
  • Score: 7

7:51am Fri 9 Aug 13

kateash says...

Children should not be playing on the streets.. The roads are for cars.. Responsible parents should take their children to the park.. Or is it easier to push them out of the door to play! Can't believe anyone would let a five year old and even an eleven year old out to play on the street! I certainly wouldn't. When they are knocked down by a car who would the parents blame ... ? Probably the car driver... Sorry but the parents need to get up from their seats and take the children out ... It is all to easy to leave children to their own devices... Do not blame the motorist all the time ..
Children should not be playing on the streets.. The roads are for cars.. Responsible parents should take their children to the park.. Or is it easier to push them out of the door to play! Can't believe anyone would let a five year old and even an eleven year old out to play on the street! I certainly wouldn't. When they are knocked down by a car who would the parents blame ... ? Probably the car driver... Sorry but the parents need to get up from their seats and take the children out ... It is all to easy to leave children to their own devices... Do not blame the motorist all the time .. kateash
  • Score: 4

9:07am Fri 9 Aug 13

darwenTower says...

The roads aren't safe enough for the children to play in? You couldn't make it up.

As has been said there are too many cars, frankly there are too many people so it can only get worse. Or maybe it will get better when the country finally reaches gridlock and the traffic can't move at all.

Keep breeding folks.
The roads aren't safe enough for the children to play in? You couldn't make it up. As has been said there are too many cars, frankly there are too many people so it can only get worse. Or maybe it will get better when the country finally reaches gridlock and the traffic can't move at all. Keep breeding folks. darwenTower
  • Score: 0

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