Play Streets are spreading across Cambridgeshire! At our October monthly meeting Playing Out activator Julia Sang and Cambridgeshire County Council Youth & Community Coordinator Paul Connelly talk about how the scheme is working locally and how you can get involved.
Playing Out is a resident-led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging. Residents can close their street to through-traffic for up to three hours on an occasional or regular basis and welcome neighbours outside for play, chat and community-building.
Julia and Paul discuss the benefits of running a Playing Out session, how to address common concerns, and the process you have to go through to apply to put on Playing Out events.
The meeting finished with a round-up of the latest cycling news and campaigns from Camcycle’s Communications and Community Officer, Anna Williams.
The next Camcycle meeting will be held online on Tuesday 2 November, when Camcycle trustee and CycleStreets director Martin Lucas-Smith will be discussing the extent of existing low-traffic neighbourhoods and how common it already is for residential areas to prevent motor traffic passing through. He’ll present CycleStreets’ recent work on a UK-wide analysis of modal filters (bollards, gates, cycle contraflows, etc), with Cambridge as one of the main areas of study. Watch live on our Facebook channel from 7pm.
Links to more information
Playing Out began on one street in Bristol in 2009 and is now a national movement for change. The Playing Out website is full of resources, research, stories and everything you need to find out more about the initiative. There’s a page addressing possible concerns and lots of links to inspiring films, talks, webinars and books. You’ll find the short Playing Out intro video that Julia played during the meeting on Playing Out’s Vimeo page.
Playing Out Cambridge Facebook page
Link up with other local Playing Out organisers and find out more about sessions across Cambridge and beyond.
Cambridgeshire County Council – guidance on organising a Playing Out Event
A comprehensive guide to Playing Out in Cambridgeshire, taking you through the different steps you’ll need to take and providing example templates for the documents you’ll need to submit.
Find out more about the resources we’ve been distributing this month:
The autumn 2021 issue of our magazine on the theme of ‘Life and Work’.
Find out more information on upcoming Camcycle meetings and social events.