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Streets for Kids City Awards

NACTO-GDCI Announces City Awards for Streets for Kids Program

Twelve cities announced for technical assistance and trainings

The National Association of City Transportation Officials-Global Designing Cities Initiative (NACTO-GDCI) today announced 12 global cities to receive training to design child-friendly streets as part of its Streets for Kids program. The program also includes a forthcoming publication, Designing Streets for Kids, a first-in-class design guide for transforming streets with new standards and design considerations drawn from real-life redesigns in hundreds of cities worldwide.

“If you design a street that works for kids, you’ve designed a street that works for everyone,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO Chair and Principal with Bloomberg Associates. “Putting everyone in the street on equal footing is how cities can lead by design and achieve higher standards of urban care.”

NACTO-GDCI announced that four cities on three continents will be the first to receive technical assistance and hands-on training for designing child-friendly streets, including matching funds to support the implementation of street redesign projects.

  • Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Tirana, Albania

Eight additional cities on five continents were selected for NACTO-GDCI trainings, where staff will hold intensive technical workshop sessions to advance child-focused street design. 

  • Cape Town, South Africa (partner: Open Streets Cape Town)
  • Colima, Mexico
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Lima, Peru (partner: Fundanción Lima)
  • Pasig (Metro Manila), Philippines
  • Tbilisi, Georgia (partner: Partnership for Road Safety Foundation)
  • Tulsa, USA
  • Udaipur, India

The 12 winning cities were selected from a competitive pool of nearly 100 applications from across the globe.


Streets for Kids is a multi-year program to develop new technical guidance and advance street designs that create safe public spaces for children of all ages and abilities to learn, play, and move around a city. Designing Streets for Kids will be published in early 2020. This program is generously funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, FiA Foundation, Fondation Botnar, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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