I live in NZ, in the south island (christchurch to be exact)
I have 4 children and this is what they are allowed to do and what ages.
Rhiannon is 18 and she pretty much does what ever she wants. She does have to be polite and let us know where she is and what time she will be home, thats common courtesy. She is soon to move into a flat with her boyfriend and some other kids from her Japanese class. She doesnt have a bed time as she is now an adult and she is pretty good at going to bed when she needs to
Shaun is 16. I havn't met his best friends mother although I know a lot about her and we always wave at each other when they are being picked up and dropped off..We have talked on the phone. Now that I can't drive he catches a bus to the other side of town to stay the night. He has to take his phone with him, as does Alex. Bed time10.30 school time and 11pm weekends.
Alex is 14. He buses all over the city to skate parks as skating is his passion. He has a back pack with his water bottle and sunscreen and some snacks. I give him a few dollars for mc donalds for a cheese burger and chips. Shaun and Alex both are allowed to go to the supermarket until 9pm in the summer, which is when it gets dark. In winter it gets dark early and they have to go out before 7pm. Bed time 10pm weekends.
Marelle is 11. She can bus for short trips if she is met at the bus stop. If its a new route Rhiannon takes her to practise so she knows where to get off. She scooters home on her own and walks to the mall on her own. She is fine in the mall by herself. She is fine on her own left at home for a short period. Her bedtime is usally around 8.30, 9pm in the weekend
Before you go thinking that I am some horribly neglectful mother,(lol) I will state again that we live in New Zealand and crime is pretty low here. Whats it like in your city and what ages do you let your kids spread their wings a bit.
((just adding that although my kids can have a little freedom, they need to tell me is they change venue in case I need them urgently. Its not that I think they are unsafe, if they were I would never let them go in the first place. If they ever break this rule they are going to be very, very bored sitting at home.