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    Default Kids playing on the road.

    How do you feel about kids (ages 1 to 12 ) playing on the road?

    There was a massive fight on a local bss page about kids right to play on the road. This road was the inlet road to about 10 smaller streets.

    So where do you stand?

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    I am ok with my older two boys playing with the neighborhood kids on the road but we live in a dead end street and pretty much know everyone. I would not feel comfortable if their was through traffic.

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    I think it is usually very dangerous, depending on the road & situation. My oldest is 4 and there is absolutely no way i would allow her to play on the road - but we live just over a hill where cars come flying over at 80kph so it would be very very dangerous. I think if you lived in a quiet cul de sac or something & the kids were older (9-10+?), and had a strong awareness of road safety, moved away when cars were near, and the neighbours were all ok with the arrangement.... that would be ok.

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    Not at all, I don't even like the idea of kids playing in front yards- why because kids and cars are unpredictable. An elderly gentleman just accidentally killed his wife at a shopping complex this week.

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    Wtf.. Who let's their kid play on a road... Especially one that isn't a dead end street. I'm gobsmacked.

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    In a quiet road or cul de sac sure (with parents watching if little) Kids play on the roads in our area all the time.
    Great place to learn to ride a bike etc.

    (Should say this is a very quiet area, speed limit 50 and most cars doing way less than that, probably a car coming past every 20 mins or so and you can see them coming a long way off)
    Last edited by TheMadHatter; 25-04-2015 at 20:47.

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    I think its only okay in the circle at the end of a quiet cul de sac. A road that's an inlet to 10 other streets? No, I wouldn't consider that an appropriate or safe place to play.

    As for 'right' to play on the road - I don't think that anyone has the right to use the road for play. Its common property. And built and maintained for transport. So I can't see how kids have a right to play there. That kind of thinking can quickly get dangerous when it encourages people to stand their ground rather than put their own safety first.

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    my DD played ont he road yesterday


    however - it is a very, very quiet side street, and I was sitting right there to move her off if anyone used it (no one did for the hr or so she was out there)


    all depends on the situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    I think its only okay in the circle at the end of a quiet cul de sac. A road that's an inlet to 10 other streets? No, I wouldn't consider that an appropriate or safe place to play.

    As for 'right' to play on the road - I don't think that anyone has the right to use the road for play. Its common property. And built and maintained for transport. So I can't see how kids have a right to play there. That kind of thinking can quickly get dangerous when it encourages people to stand their ground rather than put their own safety first.
    This my thoughts. Although I don't let my own kids play in my circle because we have young p platers at the end.

    This lady was telling everyone that her 1 year old has a right to play on the streets and the that cars should always slow down to 30 in suburbia. When some brought that her kids might get hurt she pulled that's victim blaming.


 

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