What do our children want to see in their local streets?

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Sustrans are a UK charity who work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations to help people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

In July 2011 Sustrans launched a competition “My Dream Street” as part of it’s Free Range Kids campaign. They asked children and young people to submit a design for what their ideal street would look like.

There was a fantastic response from children all across the UK, and a quarter of the entries were from Scottish children, which gives us a clear picture of what children in Scotland want to see on their local streets.

Holly, aged 11 from St Charles’ Primary School in North Kelvinside, Glasgow had her entry shortlisted to the final 22 from 2,500 entries. She said her Dream Street would be a street that:

“Is full of smiles, happiness and colour. Only children are allowed to play there and no cars are allowed. There are lots of fun things to do and play with. All children love it. It is an eco friendly street. Everyone recycles.”

The shortlisted designs included traffic-free streets (with roller coasters, dragons and chocolate waterfalls!).

You can view the winning entiries here.

Headline Image: Holly’s design

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