Home Zones

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

The Benefits

  • 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)