The ‘Street Kit’ was left in place on the verges and in front of the school for 14 weeks to enable the effects to be experienced over a period of time with local residents watering the plants in the ‘street kit’. Despite concerns, all the pieces remained in place undamaged, and more children used the painted crossing and lollipop person rather than crossing elsewhere along the road. Before the kit was removed a survey was undertaken revealing that 95% of parents and residents would like to see the measures made permanent and 72% felt they had made the streets a lot more child friendly.
The Street Trial of the co-designed items took place on Valentine Avenue, outside the school on Friday 22nd June 2018. The road was closed at 1pm and then Sustrans and My Journey staff supported children to recreate the workshop designs on the street. Visual, colourful and creative crossings were created in spray chalk outside the main entrance of the school. The Sustrans colourful ‘street kit’ was used to create planters and seating in front of the school and in the verges to make the space brighter, more enjoyable to dwell in and limit inappropriate parking.
Through engaging with both the school students, their parents and the wider local community the aim of the project was to understand their issues and jointly find solutions to them. The activities centred on Valentine Primary School were part of a wider engagement programme in the area for which over 794 young people and students, 60 residents and 70 parents took part in workshops, surveys and temporary street design trials. The ambition was to support the community to speak confidently about what they wanted and reclaim ownership of their neighbourhood through hands-on events.
On behalf of Southampton City Council, Sustrans worked with pupils, parents, businesses and residents in Sholing to identify how the streets around Valentine Primary School can be made more child-friendly. The aim was to find ways to make the area feel safer for children to walk, cycle and play. By transforming a currently car-oriented neighbourhood into a child-friendly neighbourhood through behavioural change, the project hoped to improve quality of life for everyone. Sustrans is the charity that makes it easier to walk and cycle. The project ran for a year from March 2018.
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.
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 the 22ndof June 2018 there was a trail street closure outside of Valentine Primary School in Sholing, Southampton during the school’s starting and finishing times. The aim of this trial was to create a safer and more enjoyable journey to school for parents, staff and students of Valentine Primary School. One of the main objectives was to encourage play and the use of active travel to and from school by creating a safer, more child friendly area around the school by reducing traffic movements around the area.