Saturday, February 24 2018 13:57:28

CPD by Others
Code : 2014015
Event Name : City, Land Use and Children’s Independent Mobility - Empirical Studies in
CPD Code : Formal Events
Event Date : 12/02/2014
Event Time : 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
CPD Hour(s) : 1.5
Venue : Surveyors Learning Centre, Room 120712/F, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Division : GPD
Closing Date : 05/02/2014
Fee : HK$120 for member; HK$150 for non-member (HK$30 walk-in
Priority : GPD Members; First-come-first-served
Language : English
Details : Studies have shown that independent mobility is a very important learning tool for children. This is especially the case when children are growing up in the cities where neighbourhood safety is complicated by building design, traffic arrangement as well as community planning. Most of the studies and examinations on children’s independent mobility (CIM) concentrate on qualitative analysis of how children carry out their activities. In this study, we intend to quantify CIM from parents’ perspective by examining the length of time (CIM hours) that parents allow their children to have when carrying out unsupervised activities on their own during day-time and night-time. CIM hours are being measured and compared among four Asian cities. By comparing parents’ attitude towards allowing their children to have independent mobility during day-time and night-time periods, we find that neighbourhood safety is an important determinant, which in turn depends to a large extent the activities in the neighbourhood. Conventional wisdom of segregating land uses seems not to be helping to provide a safe environment that makes it easy for children to explore. Mixed-use neighbourhood contributes a lot to a vibrant setting for the community which also allows a relatively safe environment for children.