Free Range Kids are children and young people who experience freedom from their front door. They have the confidence to travel independently, play outdoors and explore their local community, and have the skills, opportunities and support to do so safely.
The enormous rise in the speed and volume of traffic has driven children indoors or into cars to be ferried around. Fear of traffic danger is twice as much a concern to parents as ‘stranger danger’.
At Sustrans, we think it’s time for change. We believe every child deserves to be free range for the sake of their health, happiness and well-being.
As a charity promoting travel by foot, bike and public transport for everyday journeys, a key area of our work has been to reverse the decline in the levels of walking and cycling to school and beyond, making it easier for kids to be out and about and active.
We’ve achieved a great deal since we first pioneered Safe Routes to Schools 16 years ago, but we need to do more - much more - if we are to see a new generation of happy, healthy, bright and independent free range kids. And we need your help to do it.
What can you do to help?
Encourage your own kids to be more free range – find advice, tips and resources galore to help families and schools get started. Speak out for Free Range Kids by signing our pledge. Become a campaign partner if you’re a company or organisation. Comment on our blogs. And don’t forget to stay in touch by signing up to our e-news.