What are HomeZones?
A HomeZone is not a pedestrianised street, nor is it a playground. HomeZones aim to make streets living community spaces with balanced use for all residents.
HomeZones are streets:
- Where children can play safely out of doors
- Where cars travel at a reduced, safe speed (Europe 10mph and Scotland & UK 20mph)
- Traffic calming and signs are put in place to draw attention to drivers that they are entering a safe street
- Where people of all ages can cycle safely
- Where people can just sit and watch the world go by
- These are streets for the whole community – the car is not prioritised
- Children are able to play and are therefore more active
- People of all ages feel safer
- Community spirit is enhanced
- HomeZone streets are healthier with less traffic noise and air pollution
- In areas where there are no play areas, children have access to safe outdoor free play space
- Promotes social inclusion
- Encourages people to cycle
- Reduced car accidents
“Play can improve children’s health and wellbeing and reduce levels of social exclusion, crime and anti-social behaviour”.
(Children’s Play Council)