Urban block planning for children

Urban block planning for children

Urban block planning for children,
Have you ever thought about how to perceive, experience and enjoy spaces from a height of 95 cm?
Considering urban design from a child’s perspective is essential to promoting inclusive, healthy and safe cities.
Ingredients specifically designed to meet these needs benefit children and enhance the experience for adults, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Blocks play a pivotal role in this discourse as key urban elements, as these spaces provide many opportunities for use and adaptation within urban environments.
They can be modified and designed in a variety of ways, including strategies to better meet the specific needs of children.
Investing in child-focused urban design strategies also benefits the public and society as a whole.
Cities that prioritize children’s well-being tend to be more livable for all ages, promoting a sense of community, urban vitality, and quality of life.
By considering children’s needs in urban planning, we can build more resilient and harmonious cities for today and the future.
Urban block planning for children

Layout shorter blocks

Create shorter blocks or interrupt existing alley blocks to enhance permeability and provide more walking path options.

Reduce traffic speed

Street layout plays a crucial role in determining the speed at which drivers operate.
To reduce traffic speeds, consider reducing the number of public traffic lanes and incorporating horizontal and vertical distractions, such as turns and speed-cooling pads, as needed.
Additionally, for turning speeds, focus on narrowing curb radius and designing compact intersections.
Urban block planning for children

Create wide and accessible sidewalks

Prioritize pedestrians by ensuring sidewalks are walkable, continuous, safe and accessible.
Build new sidewalks where none exist, widen them if they are too narrow, and repair old or poorly maintained sidewalks that present accessibility challenges.

Planting trees

Planting trees and using landscaping to increase the comfort of children and caregivers while walking.
The presence of nature and landscapes in urban streets encourages children and caregivers to spend more time there, stimulates play, learning and creativity, and improves mental health.

Improving pedestrian crossings

All pedestrian crossings must be marked, closely spaced, and constructed at street level, regardless of material or paving pattern.
It is important to ensure the clarity and maintenance of basic road markings, and new markings should be added as needed.
Urban block planning for children

Build or improve cycling infrastructure

Protected bike lanes are the best option for all street users,  ensuring the safety of cyclists by creating protected bike lanes on high traffic streets or converting streets with low volume and speeds into shared streets.

Create comfort zones

Incorporating small and large spaces for children and caregivers to rest and enjoy the streets, sitting areas, nooks, parks and squares provide opportunities for rest and play spaces.
Urban block planning for children

Add fun and educational elements

Streets are part of children’s daily routine and provide a space to integrate play and learning.
And provide opportunities for unstructured play on sidewalks, squares, and near public transportation stations by adding elements such as murals, artwork, and installations.

Improve accessibility

Strive to improve stairs, access to emergency vehicles and provision of essential services, and consider creative mobility solutions such as escalators or cable cars to improve transportation.