By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
A CHARITY is calling for the government to give children more opportunities to get about on foot or by bike.
As part of its forthcoming Free Range Kids campaign, Sustrans is calling on MPs across the UK are being asked to sign an Early Day Motion.
Three MPs in Bristol and Bath – Don Foster (Bath), Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) and Stephen Williams (Bristol West) – have already signed up to the motion.
With parliamentary summer recess beginning a week today, people in the two cities have just over a week to contact their MP to encourage them to join 60 of their colleagues by signing up.
The motion is also supported by The Association of Directors of Public Health, the British Heart Foundation and Brake, among others.In order for the motion to be successful, Sustrans needs as many MPs as possible to support it.
Regional director of Sustrans Adrian Roper said: “We know from working in schools in the area that children often want to get around on their bikes more, walk to school and be more independent but there are serious parental concerns over traffic that mean understandable caution is restricting young people’s freedom. “