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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, a program of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, looks at cities through the lens of children and their caregivers. In 2020, we published the international award-winning child-focused design guide Designing Streets for Kids. This guide supplements 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.

From 2020 to 2021, we applied these child-focused strategies in 12 cities through streetscape transformations, workshops, and trainings. Four cities—Fortaleza, Brazil; Kigali, Rwanda; Santiago, Chile; and Tirana, Albania—were selected for in-depth technical assistance and training. Eight additional cities were awarded workshops, where we facilitate in-depth virtual training to advance child-focused street design. The selected cities were Cape Town, South Africa; Colima, Mexico; Kazan, Russia; Lima, Peru; Pasig City (Metro Manila), Philippines; Tbilisi, Georgia; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; and Udaipur, India.

In 2022, we are launching a Streets for Kids Leadership Accelerator that builds upon the successes of the program to date, and serves as the first phase of the program’s next chapter. The Leadership Accelerator brings together 60 changemakers from 20 global cities to participate in an eight-month virtual professional leadership program, followed by implementation grants and technical support for up to ten child-focused street projects worldwide. The Streets for Kids program will also include online trainings open to industry practitioners and additional supplemental resources to the award-winning Designing Streets for Kids guide. This phase of the program will conclude in 2024. In the years following, the program will scale to provide a combination of high-level training for industry leaders and more in-depth technical assistance to a select group of cities.

Streets for Kids is made possible by our funders.