Why children’s mobility matters to public health

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‘Automobile-centric community design’ severely restricts opportunities for children to freely play outdoors, say researchers.

Children’s right to the city and their independent mobility: why it matters for public health is a paper examining how children’s lack of free play and movement has become a major public health concern.

Authors Katherine L Frohlich and Patricia A Collins, from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montreal, say that efforts to increase active transportation (AT) and outdoor free play are ‘doomed to fail’ without a deep understanding of independent mobility (IM).

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Author: Simon Weedy

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