Conference paper

Unlocking the social and environmental benefits of child friendly places through active travel and active play

Cities and towns Children Play environments Active transport Play Australia

It has been universally acknowledged that car dependency is rapidly increasing amongst families with children, particularly in developed countries. This paper, as part of an ongoing research project, aims to frame sustainable mobility through the lens of children’s daily life. The key aim of this project is to develop planning strategies to create precincts which are conducive to walking, cycling and active playing – precincts that are purposely child friendly. This paper discusses the preliminary findings of the first phase of primary data collection; that of surveys from senior primary school aged children. The questions from these surveys capture the participants’ travel patterns and their use of public places along with their play habits. The concept of ecological psychology, namely affordances, behaviour settings and accessibility, provides the framework for analysis.

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