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Let the Kids Play in the Streets

  • Posted on: 5 July 2019
  • By: Sabine Oberrauter

A high amount of street space is dedicated to motorised traffic, making it inaccessible to children. Currently, for children to be allowed to use a parking space for playing, it would be necessary to do that in a parked car!

Many urban spaces are planned for the convenience of large cars forcing cyclists and pedestrians to squeeze together on the edges of road. It makes no sense to most people, except for the one holding the power of overkill.

Walking Trees in Munich

  • Posted on: 18 March 2019
  • By: Merle Schroer

Today, most of the streets in Munich are mainly designed for motorized vehicles. This has led to a high percentage of concrete space for cars and go-through-traffic at the expense of green space for recreational usage.

To address this issue and to show alternatives, a greening project was established in the city of Munich, called “Wanderbaumallee” (literally “Alley of walking Trees”). In the past, such projects were already implemented with very positive results, such as trees that were actually planted and remain permanently in the city.

Bike to school

  • Posted on: 20 February 2019
  • By: Anja Grade
award ceremony of the "bike to school" competition © Kai Neunert

From 4th to 24th June 2018 the bike to school competition "Münchner Schulradeln" was held in Munich for the first time. In the three-week campaign period 4th graders and secondary school students were encouraged to cycle actively to school instead of being brought by car. Students, teachers and parents competed together as a team for their school against the other schools. Each team nominated a team captain. The aim was to cycle as many kilometers as possible. Therefore, all kilometers cycled were listed online or via app.

Cycling rally

  • Posted on: 20 February 2019
  • By: Anja Grade
Cycling rally 2018 © Kai Neunert

On September 16th in 2018 a big bike rally took place in Riemer Park in the east of Munich. About 600 children and teenagers between the ages of four and 14 years and their families participated. In total there were 17 stations to explore under the motto "discovering the world".

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.

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.

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