Playing in the street.

matticus

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Well part of the issue back then there was enough capacity on main roads that drivers rarely used residential roads as rat runs. The two options are either build more roads that just encourages more car ownership (see last fifty years), or encourage fewer car journeys. Live and let live (and build more roads) is what we have had since the fifties and it doesn't work...it just reinforces car dominance.
... but I wasn't talking about a rat-run!
 

Boopop

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... but I wasn't talking about a rat-run!
True, but I think my point still stands. Live and let live doesn't lead to pedestrian friendly streets, cul-de-sac or not.
 
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derrick

derrick

The Glue that binds us together.
There are always adults out in the road when the kids are out playing, We have one woman in the road who thinks she is Lewis Hamilton, But she slows down a little when she see's kids playing, Everyone else is good, the delivery drivers all seem to drive carefully. We also play badminton with a net across the road, never so far had a problem.
 

BoldonLad

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I suspect a car approaching was a much rarer occurence in years gone by. Modal filters and play streets are the only way to reduce their numbers on residential streets or keep them out of residential streets entirely, respectively. If you tried what you suggested on the average residential road these days there'd either be an accident very quickly or the kids would spend more time waiting for there to be no traffic than actual playtime. There's too many cars.

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I was born in 1947. Cars were most definitely rare! The street I lived in aged 4, (1951) had one car owning occupant, in a street of about 100 houses.

I recently cycled along the same street, there was nose to tail (or should that be bonnet to boot?) parked cars on both sides of the street.

Needless to say, there were no signs of children playing in the street.

The street I now live in is a cul-de-sac of 11 houses, mostly "mature" people, but, two families with young children (ages 2 - 7 approximately). The children do play in the street, although, I note one of the parents is always present. Very nice to see (children playing outside).
 
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matticus

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There are always adults out in the road when the kids are out playing, We have one woman in the road who thinks she is Lewis Hamilton, But she slows down a little when she see's kids playing, Everyone else is good, the delivery drivers all seem to drive carefully. We also play badminton with a net across the road, never so far had a problem.
This is the thing - modern people (even drivers) CAN get along. (although I'm not sure I'd describe all MY local delivery drivers as driving carefully - there are soooo many more this year than previously, and I suspect they're all under more time pressure :sad: )

Modal filters and other approaches to LTNs definitely help. I agree that rat-running is a blight, where it exists (I guess I'm lucky I've never lived on one).
 

bikingdad90

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My parents road is a cul-de-sac and the families who moved in when new build have grown up and flown the nest and a few of the houses have been sold on with new families moving in. It’s great to see the next generation of children out playing in the street.

All the houses have decent double driveways to keep the pathways free and all the families look out for one another and know each other; if little Jonny gives little Doris some cheek you can be sure Jonny will get a scalding in double time! The community feel is very nice and also means that those driving in and out the road always drive carefully and considerably. I’m glad I got to enjoy growing up in that type of road! My children have similar but we live next to a green which is even more rare!

I know it is very much an exception to the norm now as the houses were built at a time when gardens and driveways were decent sizes and never as with a single driveway, town housing and small gardens as is found at the other end of the estate which after 30years is finally fully built out with new builds.
 

BoldonLad

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South Tyneside
As a generalization, I'd say that modern "stranger danger" plays as much a part in this as the traffic threat.
Yes, I would agree. Between the danger of traffic and "perverts" I think may present day parents are very reluctant to allow children out to play, which, IMHO, is sad. When I look back at my childhood, I often think, perhaps, if "present day attitudes" had applied, my parents would have been accused of neglect!
 

Phaeton

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Oop North (ish)
I often think, perhaps, if "present day attitudes" had applied, my parents would have been accused of neglect!
Yes I'm a child of the 60's we would roam 2-3 miles away from home, often going out in the morning & not returning till tea time, unless of course we got hungry.
 

oldworld

Senior Member
Born in 1943 my childhood was spent playing in the street and among the bombed out buildings in London.
Very, very little traffic so little danger from the roads.
Very different in cities today and I see very little play actually in the street.

I can well understand mums and dads not letting their children risk getting knocked over but I think the perception of the risk from a murderer or pervert snatching their child is out of proportion. I believe it no worse than when I was a child but when it happens is has massive coverage, press, tv and radio, plus of course social media.
My daughter thinks danger lies at every corner for my grand children. As a result, aged 8 and 9 , they have never been anywhere without mum or dad.
 

simongt

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Location
Norwich
we have too many cars generally!
And around Norwich, new houses are going up like mushrooms. Problem being that for the prospective residents of said new houses which are being built on the edges of the city, to get anywhere; work, school run, shopping etc., they are pretty much forced to drive. :whistle:
 
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