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Evaluations conducted at Play Streets in New York City* reveal encouraging findings:

  • 84 percent of survey respondents reported that they felt the neighborhood was safer with a Play Street. “The more children come out, the more people feel secure in a safe environment,” one participant wrote.
  • 64 percent of Play Street attendees reported that if not at the Play Street, they would have been engaged in a sedentary activity.
  • 71 percent of individuals surveyed walked to the Play Street, an added health benefit

Foot traffic to businesses in and around a Play Street is increased greatly over foot traffic when the street is open to vehicular traffic. The beauty of the Play Streets connect is that it is general and flexible, allowing each locality to mold it to its own needs and resources. While some cities close off just a block or two at a time, others are closing many miles of city streets. Some partner with ongoing farmer’s markets to maximize space, others find new areas convert into play spaces.

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*”Play Streets-A Case Study: Harvest Home Play Streets in East Harlem and the South Bronx,”
— Transportation Alternatives (2011): Play Streets Case Study