The Global Designing Cities Initiative is establishing an ongoing Global Expert Network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices amongst local champions striving to shape world-class streets in their local context. The Network will empower knowledge sharing that promotes efficient mobility for all users, public health and safety, economic development, environmental sustainability and social and cultural value. Network members will be provided with an opportunity to contribute to the Global Street Design Guide (GSDG), to share resources and to participate in peer-to-peer mentoring.
The network provides an opportunity to have a reach beyond the ten selected Bloomberg cities and will be a continually growing collective of global knowledge and expertise.
In 2019, the GDCI team selected the capital city of Santiago, Chile, as a Streets for Kids Technical Assistance project. Together with Ciudad Emergente, a Chilean nonprofit, we selected Enrique Soro street as the project site. The project’s main objectives were to establish safe intersections, extend sidewalks, and reduce speeds.
The Global Designing Cities Initiative is committed to reimagining streets as places for people, shaping cities that are healthy, accessible, and equitable for everyone. We also recognize cycling as a safe, efficient, and sustainable mode of transportation. Despite the lack of safe cycling infrastructure that hinders many would-be cyclists around the world from relying on their bikes, there are a number of cities that have made significant progress in recent years. Committed to making its streets more cycle-friendly, Quito, Ecuador, has implemented large-scale, successful cycling infrastructure projects that make it a cycling success story.