European Youth Voices for Active Mobility
This project is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility network, which aims to bring together consortia of cities, NGOs, academic institutions and/or commercial partners to initiate projects that engage people on the topics of urban mobility and public realm.
About this process
This process belongs to Citizen engagement projects
Bicycle Heroes involves children in the ideation, design, and implementation of active mobility solutions to increase uptake of active mobility and make cities safer, healthier, and more sustainable for all.
Children have a unique perspective on how to solve challenges within our cities. Their needs, when met, make cities safe for other vulnerable groups such as the elderly or disabled and they are effective spokespeople for change given their influence over their families.
Despite their unique perspective, children are often overlooked in urban mobility and design planning. To address this oversight, the Bicycle Heroes project works with children in Dublin, Ireland; Lisbon, Portugal, and Rome, Italy, to identify the barriers to, and benefits of, cycling as a form of active mobility. After developing solutions as part of a public design competition, the children will then implement a selected idea in partnership with key stakeholders.
This participatory model brings together children and cities to promote cycling and other modes of active mobility, and will be piloted as part of the project and available to replicate in other cities.