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Children design safer streets

Schoolchildren have designed cycling havens and streets made of sweets after being asked how they would make their communities safer.

Pupils in Perthshire were challenged to design the safer streets by transport charity Sustrans.

The Free Range Kids campaign aimed to find out what it is like to see the world through a child’s eyes.

One entrant, Edward, 10, from Auchtergaven Primary School in Bankfoot, designed a street that would be safe for him to cycle on.

He said: “I like cycling, it is great, so I would have a bike shop and I love cooking so there is a café. There is also a community market.”

Fellow pupil Grant, 11, also drew a street that was geared towards cyclists. He also wanted a place where he could play football and a place to go fishing.

Classmate Gabriella was more ambitious, and drew an edible street made of sweets.

She said: “It has with mint chocolate grass and Skittles for a path.”

Alex Allen, project director, said: “Sustrans believes that every child should have the freedom from their front door to explore, play outdoors, and make their own way to school and beyond.

“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’. 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.”

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