Streets no longer seen as safe for children to play


“We need to look at why we’ve created a society where it’s not seen as safe for children to play in their own streets because of motor vehicles, it’s not seen as safe to ride a bike – normal, enjoyable activity – because of the risk of motor vehicles injuring people, so we need to change that lens and look at the source of road danger rather than say ‘what did the victim do wrong'”

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy.The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de Kindermoord movement amongst others.Please help turn the tide against road danger. Please watch the full-length film below and share

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  1. Tony Williams


    “It’s not seen as safe for children to play in their own streets because of motor vehicles.” Before that there were streets where it wasn’t safe because of horse-drawn vehicles. It probably wasn’t safe to play in some main roads in the 1930s. I remember some short side-streets in Longsight, Manchester in 1958 where children played, because they were dead ends and very little traffic used them, but in my residential street in North London in 1947 my parents preferred us not to play at the front of the house even on the pavement, because of road traffic, and we never played on the road itself. I expect the people who work at ETA feel very sure of their righteousness, but I see unrealistic naivety, also exemplified by the phase “in their own streets”.

  2. edmund white


    Well Tony Williams, I was born in 1941 in Southampton, not unlike Manchester in many ways. In the late 49s and then the 50s our side road & streets were safe for us to play in, what motor vehicles there were, were not driven at speed & were mainly people that lived there, plus milk,bread, coal deliverys and the odd steam roller when the rods were done. Nobody is talking about playing on the main roads. As for the 30s, well I think most kids I knew were smart & quick enough to avoid the odd horse & cart Not that I doubt what you say , you did live there,but in london in programs set in that time on Tv you see lots of kids playing in the streets. Seems to me what ETA are saying is the volume is much higher & it’s the way they are driven, Our towns & citys belong to the people, not cars & trucks they have a right to be safe

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