Access to outdoor free play has been compromised in part by decreasing rates of children’s independent mobility (CIM). CIM refers to the ability for a child to move around their neighbourhood or city on their own, typically by walking, biking, and/or public transit. Studies have shown that Toronto children increasingly rely on adults to drive them to everyday destinations.
There is abundant research that recognizes that both outdoor free play and independent mobility are important to children’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional well-being. According to UNICEF, there is a high correlation between children’s well-being and their freedom to travel and play without adult supervision.
Because of this, My City Too is committed to advancing outdoor free play and independent mobility as cornerstones of creating a child-friendly Toronto.