On busy roads today, children hardly have the opportunity to play safely and independently outside. To raise awareness of this situation, two road sections were closed to traffic in July and October 2018. During the closing, the streets could be recaptured by children and their parents for a few hours to romp, to paint with chalk, to do a scooter course or just to linger in a deckchair.
Most children walk alone for the first time when they go to school. That's why primary school children were encouraged to come to school in an environmentally friendly and healthy manner within the "school hero" competition. During the two-week campaign period, they were allowed to put every day a sticker onto a poster depicting a bare tree. A green sticker if they had come to school on foot or by scooter, a yellow one for the use of bus, train or tram and a red one if their parents had brought them by car. The winner was the school class with the most green leaves on the poster.
On October 25, 2018, the Tilburg Veilig Naar School´s (Tilburg Safe To School) activity the School Environment Scan took place in Tilburg under the METAMORPHOSIS project. After the joint creation of the activity by Thomas Oorschot and Jules van Herpen of the Breda University of applied sciences as a part of their internship placement, the activity was organised by Jules van Herpen.
Metamorphosis is rather about experimenting than about final solutions. That’s the lesson the Meran/o Metamorphosis team learned this winter when we tried an intervention on the central square of the Obermais/Maia Alta neighbourhood constantly occupied by parking offenders. In the vision building workshop we held in May 2018, about 30 stakeholders produced several suggestions on how to get rid of the cars that were being left in the non-parking zone on a regular basis, causing danger and disturbance to pedestrians.
On 7 December METAMORPHOSIS became the topic of the “Forschungsforum Mobilität für alle”, an international conference in Vienna successfully joined by about 170 mobility experts, policy makers, urban planners and researchers. The conference gathered experts on how to transform cities in a child-friendly and barrier-free way, with evidences and best practices by the mobility departments of Zurich, Merano and Vienna. The latter gave interesting insights about the results of the METAMORPHOSIS implementations in the three cities as co-creative solutions for more liveable neighbourhoods.
One day conference and trainings event on the topic of Metamorphosis.
The community of Sholing came together on Saturday 29 September to transform the green on Montague Avenue. The event was part of Sholing Child-Friendly Streets, a project run by My Journey (the council’s sustainable travel brand) in partnership with Sustrans and University of Southampton to change the face of Sholing’s streets. The initiative is part of the EU Metamorphosis Project which aims to transform car-oriented neighbourhoods into child-friendly spaces.
On a sunny Saturday in June, a group of children of the two neighbourhoods Grünau and Riesbach in Zurich revealed their favourite places in the area. After identifying their secret spots on a big map, they walked in groups through the neighbourhood explaining why exactly these spots are their favourite spots – for example a certain slide “because it is painted in a beautiful red”, a spot at a nearby river “because it makes such a beautiful noise when you throw stones into the water” or a garden “because over the summer the most beautiful flowers grow here”.
A street festival took place in the two settlements of Bändli and Tiefenbrunnen at the end of September. On 22 September 2018, the residents of the Tiefenbrunnen settlement were invited to build garden furniture from palettes, enjoy coffee and cake in the temporary street café or cut their own bouquets from the flower pots provided by the city. A section of the Wildbachstrasse was temporarily closed for this purpose. In the Grünau district, the street closure of 29 September 2018 was used to hold a street soccer tournament and to sit together for sausage and raclette.