In Walthamstow Village, as part of the mini-Holland programme in September and October 2014 (for about 3 weeks), the London Borough of Waltham Forest trialled the conversion of a 2-way 'rat run' on Orford Road into a one way street and also trialled the closure of residential streets to through traffic – this was then made permanent.
Children take priority on Vienna’s playing streets. Selected road segments in various districts of Vienna have been chosen as playing streets for children. These streets offer children the possibility to use and explore public space in many different and ways and to play in a safe environment.
The playing streets are a cooperation between the department of education and extracurricular youth supervision (MA13) and the department of city development and city planning (MA18).
On their way to school, many children have to cross numerous streets every morning. All too often parking cars, hoardings etc. are blocking their view so that they have to step on the street to see if they can cross it. In a residents' meeting for children in the district Isarvorstadt, the safety of school routes was a big issue. Supported by the politics, the local environment organisation 'Green City' has launched a project to provide safer routes to school. Together with the children they build containers with plants, painted them and put them up to create a colourful zebra crossing.