Document 69199

in 1971 8 in 10 seven and eight year olds walked
or cycled to school on their own (1)
in 2009 over 8 in 10 children aged seven to ten
were accompanied to school by adults, with 42%
of primary school children travelling by car (2)
in 1973 three quarters of children played on the
streets around their home (3)
by 2006 15% of children played on streets around
their home (3)
What are the consequences?
congestion and CO2 – 1 in 5 cars on the road in urban
areas at 8.35 am are taking children to school (4). The
school run generates 2 million tonnes of CO2 (5)
less active kids – by 2050 70% of girls and 55% of
boys in the UK could be overweight or obese (6)
a loss of freedom – nearly 50% of kids in Sustrans
schools want to cycle to school, only 4% do (7), and 73%
of children would like to play out more where they live (8)
What’s stopping kids being free range?
traffic speed and volume:
• 56% of adults accompany children to school
because of fear of traffic – nearly twice as
many as are concerned by stranger danger (2)
• 64% of children are concerned about traffic
where they live (8)
lack of traffic awareness in children –
23% of parents are concerned by this (9)
What does Sustrans want?
We want to see a new generation of happy,
healthy, bright and independent free range kids.
Free Range Kids are children and young
people who experience freedom from their front
door. They have the confidence to travel
independently, play outdoors and explore their
local community, and have the skills,
opportunities and support to do so
What is Sustrans doing?
providing information – web-based content
and downloads, blogs and comment pieces,
polls and advocacy campaigns, showcasing our
work and the things that need to change
pushing for change – free range kids pledge,
free range kids pack, advocacy and policy asks
such as 20mph and our pledge
delivering on the ground – all our work makes
more free range kids possible
What are our ambitions?
two things to be mainstreamed:
• area-wide 20mph speed limits in
residential and built-up areas
• investment in safe routes to make
walking and cycling the norm for
local journeys made by children,
particularly to school
Early Day Motion
We’re also making sure that politicians know what the
issues are through our Early Day Motion (EDM).
The Free Range Kids EDM calls on the Government to
reverse the decline in the proportion of children walking
and cycling to school; acknowledges the barriers which
prevent children from being able to walk, cycle and play
outside as a result of safety concerns; and urges
Ministers across transport, health, environment and
education briefs to work in a joined-up way to inspire,
encourage and support local authorities to invest
consistently and coherently over the next 10 years to
create safe and pleasant environments for walking and
cycling which will not only benefit the health of children
but also the environment and communities.
Over 100 MP’s have signed the EDM but we need
many more in order for it to be successful.
Free Range Kids Pledge
•We're calling for 20mph speed limits in residential
areas and investment in walking and cycling routes,
particularly to school.
•Supported by Free Range Kids Ambassador
Miranda Krestnovikoff
"I urge you to sign this pledge so kids can
once again be free range.
At the end of the campaign I will
personally deliver the pledge to politicians
and make sure they take notice."
Free Range Kids Website
• Over 124,000 unique visits to the website since
• Downloadable activity sheets to encourage
children to be more free range
• Family and school specific resources
• My Dream Streets competition
How can you help?
• help spread the word to professional (and
personal) networks
• become a partner organisation and link to our
Free Range Kids website
• Help promote our Early Day Motion
• let us know about events, new research,
campaigns, or other useful developments that
we could promote or debate through Free
Range Kids
Hillman, Adams, Whitelegg, 1990 One False Move - A Study of
Children's Independent Mobility
Department for Transport, 2010 National Travel Survey 2009
Play England and Sustrans, 2008 Places to Go? A summary of research
Department for Transport, 2008 Personal Travel Factsheet
Sutton Trust, 2005 No More School Run
Government Office for Science, 2007 Foresight – Tackling Obesities:
Future Choices
Sustrans, 2010 Bike It Review 2009
Play England, 2010 Playday 2010 Opinion Research Summary
Sustrans, 2011 Road Safety & Awareness Survey (by YouGov)