I want to be able to walk or ride my bike to school without being afraid of cars. Or of grownups that ride their bikes too fast, which can be even scarier.
It should be possible to cycle in every kind of weather and there should be plenty of room on the bicycle path. I also want to have parks and playgrounds nearby, places where I don’t have to hear traffic noise. Sometimes I need to visit friends who live farther away, and in those cases it should be simple and safe to take the bus or subway.
I might not spend so much time playing computer games if it was easier and more fun to be outdoors.
Shifting the focus from cars to people
Today’s traffic and urban environments are still being planned from a car-centric perspective, which is leading to physical and social barriers that affect job opportunities as well as social interaction. The focus must be shifted to the individuals who live and work in the city and their mobility needs.
Impact on physical and psychological health
Children are the most vulnerable group in the transport system and their needs must be prioritized and met, otherwise there is a risk for damage to their physical and psychological health. Everyone stands to gain when traffic planning is designed with children in mind. It gives us a traffic environment without obstacles where it is safe and easy to orient ourselves.
By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.
UN Global Goal - 11.2