Together with colleague Moniek Jansen, I traveled to Batumi to implement a 6-day Tactical Urbanism Pilot in which we closed off the street to car traffic and parking in front of the school. A great team of volunteers helped with the construction of the pilot, monitoring the results, with organizing activities in the huge space that the street now provided, and with communicating to the school community and the public.
Before and during the pilot
Painting the street
At the end of the six days the children, many parents, and residents became accustomed to the quiet and safe space in front of the school, a place where they could freely roam, play, or simply sit together. They experienced what the street could be like when it is opened up to people, instead of parked cars and traffic.
Dancing together on the street
This Safe Way to School Tactical Urbanism Pilot will serve as a showcase of how tactical urbanism interventions can support the process of creating safe ways to school for children. Not only in Batumi, but throughout Georgia, the Caucasus Region and beyond. Each day millions of children and youth all over the world go to school. Trips to school are amongst the most common and basic trips in our societies, and it is time to make sure each child gets a Safe Way to School.