Eight car parking spaces were turned into liveable parklets for residents in Munich to sit down and relax. The parklets remained from July to September 2019 and provided plants, furniture, bicycle parking, a bookcase, a little blackboard and in one case even a small sandpit for children. Previous to the implementation, neighbours were involved and their concerns and contributions were considered in the planning. “Godparenthoods” for the plants (including watering and taking care of the plants) created even further citizen involvement.
Over the course of two months, a street section at the "Alpenplatz" in the city of Munich provided a safe place for children to play and neighbours to relax. By closing the street for cars, citizens could recapture street space for various activities such as chalk painting, scooter riding or just simply playing on the provided furniture. Local shops and restaurants were involved during the process. Nearby, a box with toys, such as tricycles or balls, provided further possibilities for children to play in the street. The box will remain at the Alpenplatz after the street opening as well.
One day conference on the topic "Mobility for a liveable future - a cross-generational and interdisciplinary approach".
Participation is free of charge and access is barrier-free.
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Registration deadline: 18 November 2019
The VCÖ Mobility Award is Austria's largest competition for climate-friendly mobility and sustainable freight transport and is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
The project Metamorphosis and in particular the Living Labs for the future were nominated by the jury of experts for the VCÖ Mobility Award 2019 among the Top 5 in the category Research and Scientific Studies.
Around the globe, people are celebrating the international PARK(ing) Day, an initiative to promote re-thinking of public space.
It was arranged for the first time in 2005 in a car park in San Francisco. Since then it has spread to a number of other cities across the world and always takes place on the 3rd Friday of September. The idea is to transform grey parking lots into livable and creative space for people.
A bicycle is as a matter of law the only way to an efficient use of public parking spaces - and the size of a bicycle is not restricted. In Graz (AT) this legal grey area is used to elegantly transform a parking space legally without permission. This is realized by simply parking one or two adapted cargo bikes. A space that is normally blocked by a car and therefore is unusable becomes a traffic-free and usable space for everyone.
"Da ist was los, im lebenswerten Straßenraum”
The women's cycling course in Zurich ended last week. Last year the Metamorphosis project tried to organize a bicycle trip for families. It turned out that in this specific neighborhood not all parents ride bicycles. The course now enables mothers to take their children on bike trips. Let's ride then!
Road safety progress in the European Union has stagnated for the last four years. Only urgent measures will reduce the 500 deaths that occur on EU roads every week. The Safe System approach is internationally considered to be best practice in road safety. In the European Road Safety Summer School we therefore advise you on how to successfully implement this strategy in your country or region.