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Streets for Kids

Streets for Kids aims to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities to make cities around the world better for children and their caregivers.

Streets for Kids, the newest program of NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative, looks at cities through the lens of children and their caregivers. We’ve published a child-focused design guide, Designing Streets for Kids, to supplement the Global Street Design Guide, which set a new global standard for designing urban streets that prioritize pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.

Designing Streets for Kids highlights strategies, programs, and policies that cities around the world have used to design spaces that enable children of all ages and abilities to utilize cities’ most abundant asset – streets. The guide makes design recommendations and highlights case studies that encourage streets to be safe, enjoyable, and inspirational for children and their caregivers.

Since publishing the guide in 2020, we’ve begun to apply these child-focused strategies in 12 cities through streetscape transformations, workshops, and trainings. Four cities—Fortaleza, Brazil; Kigali, Rwanda; Santiago, Chile; and Tirana, Albania—have been selected for in-depth technical assistance and training. Eight additional cities have been awarded workshops, where we will facilitate an in-depth training to advance child-focused street design. The selected cities are Cape Town, South Africa; Colima, Mexico; Kazan, Russia; Lima, Peru; Pasig (Metro Manila), Philippines; Tbilisi, Georgia; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; and Udaipur, India.

Streets for Kids is made possible by our funders.