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Webinar: Making streets safer now and for the future

Playing Out with our friends and partners are calling for safer streets for social distancing, walking, cycling and play
What is needed to make streets safer for walking, cycling and play now and into the future, and how can we go about it?

An exploratory conversation, sharing and developing ideas for action. Building a network of people to take these forward.

Speakers followed by Q&A / discussion

  • Alice Ferguson, Co-founder and director of Playing Out
  • Giulio Ferrini, Head of Built Environment at Sustrans
  • Alison Stenning, Professor of Social and Economic Geography at Newcastle University and play street activist

Who is it for?

Local authorities, professionals, campaigners, activists, parents or anyone interested in these issues.

How to join?

Once you have registered via Eventbrite we will send you a link to join the ‘zoom’ meeting the day before the event.

We will record the discussion and share afterwards. If there’s interest we can follow up with further discussion opportunity.


We have noticed two things in the past few weeks: more children than usual are cycling in the road and, conversely, many others are stuck indoors, even more than normal. Although our streets are much quieter and many are enjoying being out on their bikes/ walking more, a minority of drivers are using the extra road space to dangerously increase speeds.

Our collaborators, academics and play activists Alison Stenning and Wendy Russell, are calling for children and families to have more access to very local neighbourhood space, including streets, to allow children to play and exercise safely within social distancing rules.

Our friends at Sustrans have made calls to act quickly in re-allocating road space to make walking and cycling safer, so we can keep people out of their cars and sustain some of the positive aspects of lockdown; cleaner air, quieter streets, more people -including children – feeling safe to cycle.

We at Playing Out are joining them in calling for streets safer for everyone to walk, cycle and play in – for essential journeys and our crucial regular exercise. This is essential for our safety and wellbeing right now, but just as important looking forward.

Research conducted in China shows the very real risk that as we emerge from this lockdown -with some social distancing retained – we will see an increase in private car use alongside a decrease in public transport. All this points to the urgency of taking action now.

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Event Details

Location Online
Start Tuesday 5 May 2020 10:30am
Finish Tuesday 5 May 2020 12:30pm
Organised by Playing Out
Booking Register via Eventbrite

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