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Car-free housing estates don’t have to be a utopian ideal

Geraldine Herbert


By moving away from the concept of a car always parked outside our front door in housing developments, we can eliminate the risk they can pose to children

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Car-free residential areas mean children can play outdoors with less risk

Car-free residential areas mean children can play outdoors with less risk

When was the last time you or your children were able to go walking or cycling without worrying about the traffic?

When was the last time you or your children were able to go walking or cycling without worrying about the traffic?

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Car-free residential areas mean children can play outdoors with less risk

Like many families, we opted to holiday in Ireland this year and swapped Legoland for Longford. Deep in the midlands, Center Parcs is a holiday village encircled by forest.

While a spell of good weather will enhance any location, what really put it on the winner’s podium for me is that after dropping your luggage at your lodge, you have to take your car back to the car park — where you must leave it.


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