A traffic park or children's traffic park is a park in which children can learn the rules of the road. A traffic park is also called a transportation park or traffic garden or safety village depending on locale.
Traffic parks are frequently created as an attraction within a larger park. In other cases, they are single-use parks and often small in scale. They can be found in urban as well as rural areas.
Children of a minimum age (10 years old in some instances) are allowed to use bicycles or pedal-powered cars to navigate the streets and operate according to traffic laws. Sometimes they share a buggy with their parent, who can provide guidance as they circle the park. Typically, traffic parks are scaled-down versions of real street networks, with the lane and street-width proportional to the smaller vehicles. Often they include operating traffic signals and during busy times are even staffed with traffic police.
One of the intentions of the traffic park is to improve awareness of traffic safety among school-aged children. Many traffic parks enable children to gain hands-on experience crossing streets and with bicycle or other pedestrian safety challenges in a highly controlled environment devoid of actual motor vehicles.
Traffic parks exist throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Traffic parks in Asia and Europe are focused on traffic safety through pedal-powered vehicles. In the United States and Canada they use bicycles as well as electric, motorized vehicles. These North American parks are called safety villages, because of broader emphasis on safety for fire, electrical, food and other educational purposes.
Here are some of the traffic parks around the world.
Kew Traffic School in Boroondara, Victoria.
- Chilliawak, British Columbia.
- Victoria, British Columbia. Vancouver Island Tom Thumb mobile safety village.
- Chatham, Ontario
- Durham, Ontario
- Lambton, Ontario
- London, Ontario
- Niagara, Ontario
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Peel, Ontario
- Waterloo, Ontario
- Windsor, Ontario
- York, Ontario
- Fuchu, Tokyo
- Koganei, Tokyo
- Mitaka, Tokyo
- Suginami, Tokyo
- Tama, Tokyo
- Автоград, St. Petersburg
- Serdivan Belediyesi Trafik Parkı Biggest children traffic park in the middle east. Built by Serdivan Municipality. This traffic park is a non-profit organization. There are 20 electric cars, 30 bicycle helmets, 10 bicycles, a classroom for theorical traffic education, a mini-hospital for first-aid education in the park.
- Milton Keynes
- Frisco, Texas
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Elmhurst, Illinois
- Elyria, Ohio
- Escondido, California
- Huntington, West Virginia
- Mansfield, Ohio
- Pasco County, Florida
- Portsmouth, Virginia
- Temecula, California
- Washington County, Maryland
Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village
In 2010, New York State's Chautauqua County nears completion of a children's safety education village in the city of Asheville. Portions of the facility are already operational while the park is being finished.
The safety village is a non-profit organization funded by private donations and the sale of naming rights. Corporate advertising is sold on ten street names, 25 electric cars, 100 bicycle helmets, 25 bicycles, 28 buildings, as well as in classrooms and even within the curriculum. As of 2007, rights had been purchased by Sam's Club, Walmart, Tim Hortons, E. E. Austin & Son,
The Chautauqua safety village "the fundamentals of street safety, railway crossing, sign recognition, pedestrian crossing, bicycle safety, 911 usages, and many other safety-related subjects."
The village was inspired when the local American Legion post visited Waterloo, Canada in 1995 and observed the safety village there.
- Kew Traffic School, "City of Boroondara", Accessed online 28 August 2010.
- VISC Tom Thumb Mobile Safety Village, Vancouver Island Safety Council, Accessed 28 August 2010.
- Kids Safety Village, Durham Regional Police, Accessed online 28 August 2010.
- Traffic Park, Kupittaanpuisto, Accessed online 28 August 2010
- Rahtarit-liikennepuisto, Rahtarit-liikennepuisto, Accessed online 23 July 2011
- , Utrecht's traffic garden helps kids become responsible road users, Accessed online 30 September 2010
- tr:Serdivan, Sakarya
- Welcome to Friso Fire Safety Town, City of Frisco, Texas, Accessed 28 August 2010.
- Tim Hortons, E.E. Austin & Son Contractors Open At Safety Village, The Post-Journal, Accessed online 28 August 2010.
- CCSEV News Page, "Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village", Accessed online 28 August 2010.
- Health Department, Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village announce collaboration, The Observer, Accessed online 28 August 2010.
- Children’s Safety Village Clarification, The Post-Journal, Accessed online 28 August 2010.
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