It’s quite difficult to get to know people when you only see them through the windscreen as you pass them at 40kph in a car.
On the other hand, it really doesn’t take long to get to know people when you walk past them every day – it starts with a smile, then a nod, then a friendly hello and eventually an exchange of names and particulars.
Creating connections in your community is good for children too. As well as feeling part of the neighbourhood where they live, kids who are recognised and known by their neighbours have many, many extra pairs of eyes making sure that they’re safe as they navigate their local streets. Plus, knowing the other children on the street means they have many more friends to share toys and play with!
Want to create a better sense of neighbourliness on your streets? Here are a few easy tips: