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Back on the streets

  • Posted on: 11 February 2019
  • By: Katia De Gennaro
S. Vigilio kids present their suggestions on how to make their neighbourhood more attractive to children

Usually Metamorphosis is about streets and traffic – two major sources of danger for kids. Not so in the S. Vigilio neighbourhood in Merano, were the local Metamorphosis team is taking action to enhance neighbourhood life and social relations among children.

A street to play

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: Anja Grade
© Sebastian Henkes

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, paint with chalk, do a scooter course or just to linger in a deckchair.

Munich seeking for school heroes

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: Anja Grade
Tree poster

Most children walk alone for the first time when they go to school. For this reason, 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 School Environment Scan of Lochtenbergh

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: Carlotta Petolicchio

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.

Fulfilling dreams

  • Posted on: 14 January 2019
  • By: Katia De Gennaro
kids playing on a skate ramp

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.

Forschungsforum Mobilität - Metamorphosis International Conference

  • Posted on: 17 December 2018
  • By: Susanne Wrighton

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.

Sholing community come together to celebrate Child-Friendly Streets

  • Posted on: 31 October 2018
  • By: Carolyn Ireland
Street Kit with plants on Montague Green

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.

Discover the neighbourhood through a child’s eye

  • Posted on: 22 October 2018
  • By: Barbara Kieser

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”.

Street closures in Zurich

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: Barbara Kieser

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.

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