Streets to close to traffic for World Car Free Day

Dozens of streets will close to traffic to give children the chance to play out.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 4:22 pm
Updated Friday, 20th September 2019, 5:30 pm
PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside are celebrating World Car Free Day.
PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside are celebrating World Car Free Day.

PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside is supporting 23 streets across the borough to temporarily close to through traffic on Sunday as part of World Car Free Day.

The day of playing out is organised to promote playing out in the borough.

PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside – run by local mothers – is part of a national movement to enable more children to play out in their own streets, and more neighbours to meet.

Street play sessions are short, regular, stewarded road closures, approved by North Tyneside Council, giving children the chance to play safely near home, but also making the street feel safer and friendlier for everyone.

A spokesperson for PlayMeet Street North Tyneside said: “There are huge benefits to playing out – for physical and mental health, the environment, and community cohesion.

“Research demonstrates that children who play out in their own streets are three to five times more active during playing out sessions than they would be on a ‘normal’ day; the quality of the environment temporarily improves as air pollution drops with less traffic; and neighbours regularly report that they feel safer, more connected.”

More than 50 North Tyneside streets have run one-off or regular ‘playing out’ sessions over the last few years, including streets in Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Cullercoats, North Shields, Monkseaton, Wallsend, Longbenton, and Forest Hall.

Each event is attended by approximately 15 to 25 children of varying ages, their parents, grandparents and other carers, and other neighbours.

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