The Geography of Childhood

Hat tip to Living Brands and my spouse’s mother, Judy Schmidt.

Thomas J. Mertz


How children lost the right to roam in four generations

By DAVID DERBYSHIRE – More by this author »

Last updated at 01:03am on 15th June 2007

When George Thomas was eight he walked everywhere.

It was 1926 and his parents were unable to afford the fare for a tram, let alone the cost of a bike and he regularly walked six miles to his favourite fishing haunt without adult supervision.

Fast forward to 2007 and Mr Thomas’s eight-year-old great-grandson Edward enjoys none of that freedom.

He is driven the few minutes to school, is taken by car to a safe place to ride his bike and can roam no more than 300 yards from home.

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