Walkable neighbourhoods ease stranger danger fears, Australian study

Walkable neighbourhoods ease stranger danger fears, Australian Study

Creating pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods with trees, footpaths, parks, shops and cafes could be the key to allaying parents’ age-old fears about stranger danger, according to a Perth study published last month.

It found living in a neighbourhood that encouraged pedestrians helped to ease parents’ fears while more vehicle traffic had the opposite effect, increasing parents’ concerns that their child could be harmed.

She says an ideal neighbourhood would include footpaths, street trees with high canopies and destinations such as parks, local shops and cafes where people can bump into their neighbours.