Since 2013 the local Transition Town Initiative organizes Transition Day(s) at the Lendwirbel Festival together with the Forum Urbanes Gärtnern. The main focus is to raise awareness on sustainability issues and the creation of an open space resp. a focal point where people can meet. The Vorstadtgarten, which are raised beds and bed-seat-table combinations mostly made of recycled wood, invites people during the first week in May to come together - in the most of the years the beds are in the public space until autumn.
A critical mass is a regularly-happening non-violent direct-action event of bikers to reclaim the streets whereby a big number of people meet to have a bike tour especially using the space dedicated for cars. It aims to reconquer rights and space for bike(r)s and people and address issues e.g. regarding traffic security, the priority of different modes of transport (cars overs bikes), space consumption of cars and also health and environmental issues. It happens in many cities worldwide.
Pontevedra is located in the northwest region Galica in Spain, and was like many other western cities flooded by cars during the second half of the 20th century. By the end of the 1990s about 52.000 vehicles circulated in the city every day. This changed as Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, head of a leftist political party, became the mayor of Pontevedra. Lores intended to give the streets back to the people and to pedestrianize the city.
The neighbourhood "Ginneken" in Breda (near Tilburg) in the South of the Netherlands is a residential area with quite a lot of green space around (the Mastbosch, the oldest cultivated forest in the country). Ginneken (5000 inhabitants; Breda 200.000 inhabitants) has quite a strong neighbourhood community with lots of activities that are being organised, either planned or spontaneously. One of the residents had taken initiative to start a neighbourhood garden in an unused part of the public space. In the public space they grow vegetables together.
Neighbourhoods and cities are usually planned from a grown-up’s perspective. Children have different needs towards their surroundings. The guideline “Auf Augenhöhe 1,20m” (“at eye level 1,20m”, i.e. at a child’s eye level) developed by the canton Basel-Stadt provides inputs for the conception, planning, implementation and operating of child-friendly spaces in the children’s living environment.