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Streets for Kids

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Streets for Kids (SfK) is a multi-year program of NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative to develop guidance and promote street designs that create safe and enjoyable streets for kids of all abilities to learn, play, and move around a city.

SfK aims to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities to make urban streets better serve children and their caregivers. An upcoming design guide, Designing Streets for Kids, will supplement the Global Street Design Guide and NACTO’s street design guides, capturing international best practices in designing streets that are safe and appealing to children from their earliest days. It will highlight strategies, programs, and policies that cities around the world have used to design spaces that enable children and their caretakers to safely use and enjoy streets – cities’ most abundant asset – in cities worldwide.

From 2019 to 2021, GDCI will work directly with practitioners to reimagine and redesign their streets to support comfortable, healthy, and inspiring environments for all children. Using guidance and specifications Designing Streets for Kids, NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative will work directly with 12 international cities, assisting them with workshops and trainings, and in four cities, applying best practices with on-the-ground street transformation projects.

The program is made possible thanks to generous support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Fondation Botnar, and the FIA Foundation.