Playing out in the street. It's the future!
they had asked everyone to move their cars out of the way.
but then where do all the cars go another street , that deprives the kids the right to play there, we plolayed in the street and cars where there, we respected the neighbours cars, and didnt ned our parents standing watching us play.Posted 4 years ago
But it is nice to see neighbours talking to each other and kids playing, even if it needs to be organised.brooessMember
The street I used to live in, in Brixton holds a street party every year. We shut the street down to traffic and get the cars to move out of the way (getting permission from the council), put on music, food, kids entertainment, let the kids (and the adults) run around and play.
It went down so well in 2008 when we did it the first time that we’ve done it every year since. I still go back to help out even tho I’ve moved away.
People could do much more of this kind of stuff if they took it upon themselves instead of expecting government to do it. It’s brought the street closer together without a doubt, and this is just an annual thingPosted 4 years ago
That was ace. Our 3rd street party and the start of something regular we hope. Maybe one afternoon a month to start and see where it leads.
It only took a couple of phone calls and some cooperation between neighbours.Posted 4 years ago
The best thing by far is that due to our street parties we all know each other. Which is nice.
Terrahawk (of this parish) sent me a text earlier telling me to bring the kids to his street to play out.
The residents had asked the council to close the road for 6 hours and they had asked everyone to move their cars out of the way.
The result… kids playing out safely, neighbours out on the street with a brew talking to each other and no cars!
What a brilliant and free idea!Posted 4 years agoLazgoatMember
This happens a few streets away and the kids love it.
We’ve lived in or current house for 18 months and have meet or neighbors on both sides. It wasn’t until a car crashed outside a few months ago, and we all rushed out to help, that the other neighbors who’ve lived here for over 10 years each realized that they knew each other from 20 years ago! They live 3 doors away!!Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
My kids play out in the cul de sac as often as they can – one resident is a bit of a knob about turning in at speed and has been spoken to by a couple of parents, and one family we would prefer they didn’t play with, but it is great.
I was brought up a pavements width from the A16 trunk road – playing in the street wasn’t much of an option in my 70s childhood!Posted 4 years ago
It is NOT progress to tell kids “you can play out there once a year under strict controls”, any more than the SkyRides do anything in the long term for cycling other than tell people “it’s not safe to cycle except when we shut the road once in a while”.
Fair play to those who organise these, they’re doing the best that’s doable, but we shouldn’t let the powers-that-be off here.Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
Street parking, and traffic speeds and volumes, especially on residential streets, are a blight on our country.
But I have a car (which I use to go riding) and my Mrs has a car (which she needs to drive to work, not viable on bike or public transport). But there are only 2 adults in our household and we have off street parking.
Our neighbour has 4 adults in the house, they have a car each to go to work.
Our neighbour on the other side has 5 adults, they have a car each to go to work.
Guy across the road has a truck because he’s a landscape gardener, he needs that for his business. He has 2 kids so there’s a family car too. If he parks both on his driveway the truck block in the car, so he parks the truck on the street or verge.
This in a street of 3 bed semis, pretty affluent by the standards of the nation. None of the above are selfish or inconsiderate people.
Who’s going to step up and give up their car?Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
@ormandroyd, true. But the economy gets that back because people can get to work. If the guy with the truck for instance is denied parking for it, there goes the income he uses to support his family.
Part of the problem here is these houses were built in the 30s (like millions over the country) so car ownership & parking on this scale wasn’t considered. But population density is also an issue, I’m fairly sure the the 3 adults one side and 2 the other would prefer not to be living with their parents, at least not all of them.
@mike interesting observationPosted 4 years ago
But the economy gets that back because people can get to work. If the guy with the truck for instance is denied parking for it, there goes the income he uses to support his family.
But many of the other examples you mentioned were people who drive ordinary private cars to work. Do all of them have no other choice? Could they walk, cycle, take a bus? A huge number of car journeys are less than a couple of miles. For the majority of drivers the car is, ultimately, a well subsidised convenience most of the time. The opportunity cost burden of a line of parked cars down the side of a road is very big.Posted 4 years ago
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