#33 Independent Walking, Biking, and Roaming by Kids - Lanza

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#33 Independent Walking, Biking, and Roaming by Kids - Lanza

  1. 1. IndependentNeighborhoodRoaming for KidsMike Lanza,Playborhood.commike@playborhood.com
  2. 2. Do kids in your neighborhood roamon their own every day?
  3. 3. Do you think it’s possible?
  4. 4. I’ll show you that it’s possible.I’ll show you how to make it happen.
  5. 5. Agenda AgendaTHE PROBLEM INSPIRATION SOLUTIONS
  6. 6. THE PROBLEM
  7. 7. Children andthe ElderlySuffer MostFrom aCar-CentricCulture.
  8. 8. The Problemof Children’sLack ofMobility isInextricablyLinked toTheir Lack ofAutonomy.
  9. 9. So what?
  10. 10. IndependentMobility for KidsStarts With theNeighborhood.
  11. 11. INSPIRATION
  12. 12. Neighborhood Family Room Driveway Mural
  13. 13. Neighborhood Family Room Picnic Table
  14. 14. Neighborhood Family Room Sidewalk Art
  15. 15. Neighborhood Family Room Fountain
  16. 16. Neighborhood Family Room White Board
  17. 17. Neighborhood Family Room Sand Box
  18. 18. Neighborhood Family Room Play River
  19. 19. Family Family Room Crappy Old Furniture
  20. 20. Street in Front of Our House Lots and Lots of Laps
  21. 21. Nature Hangout Our Creek
  22. 22. NeighborsLots of Kids
  23. 23. NeighborsHugh, the Magician
  24. 24. Marco’s Village, Age 6Boundaries are Familiar Neighbors & Creek
  25. 25. Marco’s Afternoon, Age 7 School to Barber to Bike Shop to Home
  26. 26. Marco’s Independent Mobility, Age 8• Rides a vehicle 1-1/2 miles to and from school every day • Usually a bike, sometimes a scooter or rollerblades • With me to school, alone to home• Rides a bike or scooter or skateboard or rollerblades on our street alone or with his brothers every day• Visits nearby friends, neighbors, and our creek on his own a few times a week• Runs errands to stores on his own about once/week
  27. 27. Nico’s Independent Mobility, Age 4-1/2• Rides his bike1-1/2 miles to school every day with me• Rides a bike or scooter or rollerblades on our street alone or with his brothers every day
  28. 28. South Bronx, NY Play Street South Bronx, NY
  29. 29. Play StreetSouth Bronx, NY
  30. 30. Burlington,VTPlayborhood for a Special Needs Boy Burlington, VT
  31. 31. Playborhood for a Special Needs Boy Burlington, VT
  32. 32. Portland, ORIntersection Repaired Portland, OR
  33. 33. Intersection Repaired Portland, OR
  34. 34. Intersection Repaired Portland, OR
  35. 35. Intersection Repaired Portland, OR
  36. 36. Intersection Repaired Portland, OR
  37. 37. SOLUTIONS
  38. 38. Make a Neighborhood Hangout1 Make a Neighborhood Hangout
  39. 39. What are the chances1 something’s going on right now?
  40. 40. 5 Characteristics of Neighborhood Hangouts1 • fun for multiple ages • comfortable • visible • accessible • critical mass
  41. 41. 2 Claim the Street
  42. 42. Place Attractions in2 and Next to the Street
  43. 43. Ask Government to Ban2 Cars From the Street
  44. 44. . . . Or, Just Occupy2 the Street
  45. 45. 3 Make a Village Make a Village
  46. 46. All Neighborhoods3 Have Hidden Treasures
  47. 47. Do You Have a3 Magician in Your Neighborhood?
  48. 48. Ideas for Making a Village3 - Play with your kids in your front yard or street - Knock on neighbors doors - Walk and bike in your neighborhood - Run a neighborhood summer camp - Play a neighborhood scavenger hunt game
  49. 49. 4 TEACH Self Reliance Skills From a Young Age
  50. 50. 4 Make Regular Commutes by Bike or Foot
  51. 51. Give a Little More4 Rope Day-by-Day
  52. 52. 4 CHOOSE Commute-Friendly Alternatives
  53. 53. 4 Frequent Friendly Local Retailers
  54. 54. 4 Frequent Friendly Local Retailers
  55. 55. 4 Send Your Kids to Your Neighborhood School
  56. 56. 6 Walk the Walk
  57. 57. 6 There are More Important Things Than Saving 20 Minutes a Day.
  58. 58. 6No Excuses ParentsRaiseNo Excuses Kids
  59. 59. Mike Lanza, Playborhood.commike@playborhood.com

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