Bicycle Heroes, young voices for an active mobility

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The city of Rome through Roma Servizi per la Mobilità (Rsm) will involve middle school children to contribute to the design of urban bike lanes and promote active mobility.

The project called "Bicycle Heroes" (Youth Voices for Active Mobility) started at the end of January and is supported by EIT Urban Mobility and co-financed by the European Union.

It will see the cities of Rome, Lisbon, and Dublin, during 2022, join together in creating solutions to the barriers students face on a daily basis in getting to school by walking or cycling.The program has been successfully piloted by the coordinating organization BYCS for the past five years in the Netherlands. BYCS is a global NGO based in Amsterdam that supports community-led urban change through bicycling.

Project manager for Rsm Francesco Iacorossi said "Bicycle Heroes also ties in with our Desire and School Streets initiatives and it is the perfect continuation of the Handshake project. We will be working with groups of kids between the ages of 10 and 15 to provide them with the tools to redesign city space and improve their commute. It's essential that children influence the design of these schemes - they are the ones most affected and are the voice of the future.

In this project, children in the three partner cities will identify the obstacles and benefits of active mobility. They will develop and create solutions as part of a design competition that will be on public display. The teens will then oversee the implementation of a selected idea in collaboration with key stakeholders. The project also aims to increase awareness, ownership and involvement in mobility challenges and solutions, both for children but also within the general population." It is essential that children's needs are heard, they are the voice of the future.

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