• Streets Are Not For Children

    by  • February 21, 2012 • Education • 5 Comments

    But a 100 years ago they were.

    Starting around the 1920s, streets were taken away from children (and then from the rest of us as well).  There are very few people alive today who remember this history.  Now public educations campaigns like the ones shown below are unnecessary.  They have been internalized and we teach our children these lessons ourselves.



    1923 (Massachussetts Safety Council)


    1932 (Chicago Motor Club)


    1927 (AAA)


    (Images taken from a great book by Peter Norton called Fighting Traffic.)


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    5 Responses to Streets Are Not For Children

    1. William Furr
      February 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Wow. What utterly backwards thinking. The poster by the AAA is particularly disturbingly fascist.

      The problem was not, is not, and has never been children playing in the street. It’s allowing ridiculously overpowered, heavy, polluting steel behemoths on our residential streets.

    2. Alai
      February 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

      To be fair, I think that last one is directed at the motorist.

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