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Global Designing Cities Initiative Releases Designing Streets for Kids in Turkish

Acclaimed urban design resource, focusing on children and caregivers, now accessible to millions more practitioners around the globe.

(Turkish press release here)

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2022
Contact
: Annah MacKenzie | [email protected]

 

The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) today released the Turkish translation of Designing Streets for Kids—a supplement to GDCI’s Global Street Design Guide (GSDG), which set a new global baseline for designing urban streets. Designing Streets for Kids builds upon the approach of putting people first, with a focus on the specific needs of babies, children, and caregivers as pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users in urban streets around the world.

Most streets were not built with children in mind, and current street conditions in many places are unwelcoming and unsafe for kids. Traffic crashes kill 1.35 million people every year and they are the leading cause of death for young people ages 5-29. Traffic congestion and vehicle designs can also contribute to dangerously high levels of air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 127,000 children under the age of five each year. Many of these fatalities are preventable, and these numbers can be dramatically reduced through kid-friendly street design.   

Poor street design also has negative consequences for children’s physical and mental health. Streets that are noisy and/or hostile to pedestrians and transit users tend to discourage physical activity, which deprives children of independent mobility and opportunities to exercise and play. 

Offering detailed diagrams and rich graphics, Designing Streets for Kids captures best practices, strategies, programs, and policies used globally by cities from Bogotá to Moscow. The guide pays special attention to street redesigns in key places, such as schools and neighborhood streets, as well as high-traffic areas including commercial streets and intersections. With a dedicated chapter on “How to Make Change Happen,” the guide also shows how to implement and scale-up street redesign plans, highlighting tactics to engage children throughout the planning process—an often-overlooked approach that can dramatically transform how streets are designed and used. 

“Istanbul has the largest child population in Europe and we are working to provide equal opportunities for the children of our city,” said Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality. “Transforming streets through prioritizing the needs of children and caregivers is an important step for increasing access to equal opportunities. This guide will appeal to a diverse range of audiences, from engineers and engineers to the general public who will demand these kinds of transformations and for this I find it very valuable.”

“Reliable mobility options and access to safe, healthy streets is a human right, and Designing Streets for Kids provides actionable strategies for ensuring equitable access to these vital public spaces,” said Skye Duncan, Executive Director of GDCI. “With the translation of this award-winning publication, millions more people across the globe can access this information in their native language, helping to ensure that more kids survive and thrive on their local streets.”

“If you design a street that works for kids, you’ve designed a street that works for everyone,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, GDCI Chair and Principal with Bloomberg Associates. “Designing Streets for Kids shows how cities can lead by design to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.”

GDCI’s Streets for Kids program is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, the FIA Foundation, and Fondation Botnar. The Turkish translation of this guide was made possible by Istanbul-based architecture practice, Superpool.

Designing Streets for Kids can be viewed and downloaded for free here.

 

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About the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI)

Launched in 2014, the Global Designing Cities Initiative’s mission is to transform streets around the world, inspiring leaders, practitioners, and communities to imagine what’s possible when we design streets that put people first. GDCI’s work is informed by the strategies and international best practices captured in the Global Street Design Guide. To learn more, visit globaldesigningcities.org or follow us on Twitter at @globalstreets.

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