Idea for Action Summary
Traffic is a leading contributor to air pollution, and toddlers’ shorter height places them consistently close to passing car exhausts. Traffic also increases the likelihood of collisions, parking and other challenges.
Cities can tackle these problems by establishing vehicular control mechanisms in areas where families with young children spend the most time, such as in front of childcare centres or near parks and playgrounds. Interventions include lower speed limits, street design that reduces space for cars and encourages drivers to go more slowly, pedestrianisation, and temporary events such as street closures to make the case for fewer cars in our cities. Additionally, multimodal streets (with reduced space for cars and more space for other modes) have demonstrated many benefits for all city residents.