Petition demands safer roads for children
The Prime Minister has received a petition signed by more than 10,000 parents, calling on the Government to make roads safer for children, as part of Sustrans’ Free Range Kids campaign.
Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans’ chief executive, joined One Show presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and two pupils from Westminster Cathedral School to hand the petition to David Cameron in Downing Street.
Sustrans says that Britain has one of the worst road safety records in Europe for child pedestrians.
The Free Range Kids campaign calls for the introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential areas and increased investment in safe routes to make it easier for young people to walk and cycle around their local area.
Malcolm Shepherd said: “People long for the days when the streets were filled with kids playing and we all had the opportunity to walk and cycle to school.
“Our streets should be safe, pleasant places where people can socialise, kids can play and where we all can spend time outside the four walls of our home.
“We need slower speed limits and safer walking and cycling routes so our kids can travel to school by bike or on foot and start to build healthy habits for a lifetime.”
Click here to read the full Sustrans’ news release.