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Designing Streets for Kids

In 1972, to shed light on the unsafe conditions of Amsterdam’s streets, a TV station aired a documentary from the perspective of a child, showing the difficulties of navigating the child’s neighborhood, with fast-moving traffic and limited public space. This was part of a shift in culture that helped create a new street paradigm that now prioritizes safe and sustainable streets.

Intuitively, we know that a street that works for a child works well for everyone. But how can cities create neighborhoods that work well for all generations?

In this session, see how global practitioners are learning from the newest generation of street users – young children – and their caregivers, and how that has influenced street design and helped create more inviting neighborhoods for everyone of all ages.