International Walk to School Month is an opportunity to reimagine our streets with children at their heart - and envisage the benefits this can bring to people of all ages.
To wrap up a fantastic month, we hear from Naomi Fuller of Playing Out, an organisation where handing our streets over to children is their bread and butter.
Photo © Playing Out
As International Walk to School Month draws to an end, there are bound to be thousands of children fired up with new enthusiasm for striding (or should that be scampering?) out from their front doors each morning.
It's easy to imagine them on that daily journey to the school gates, coats flapping behind them, eager to set off with the pace and energy that children so naturally show.
And there are so many reasons to support them and their parents and carers to make that active journey: their physical and mental health and wellbeing, the chance they deserve to gain a sense of familiarity and belonging to their neighbourhood, to be visible as pedestrian road users and young citizens, to see their friends and have social time on the way to school.
All of these seem pressing reasons to put children more firmly in the centre of the planning, policy and culture of our streets.
The street play movement is growing in communities both here in the UK and internationally, led by grassroots resident action - first to start dialogue with neighbours and then to make changes on their street.
These can start with small things such as coming together to support children to play safely on the pavements with plenty of adults present to be 'eyes on the street'. It often leads to residents organising regular street play sessions - once a month, fortnight or even every week for a few hours at a time.
There is more work to do to persuade all local authorities as well as national policy makers of the health and community benefits of supporting playing out. But children's place in the streets where they live is gradually being reframed.
If you are interested in enabling street play to happen where you live do have a look at how to get started and contact Playing Out for support.
"Drop them off near PokeGyms."
"Discounts on school dinners."
"Vehicle exclusion zones."
This October we asked for smart ideas to get more children walking to school.