Recent population growth in the District has been dominated by both young and old “empty nesters,” with housing, transportation and planning strategies responding to their needs. This neglects one of the most important and growing urban demographics – children. Addressing three local projects and initiatives, the presentation analyzes child-focused urban design and bicycle mobility principles. The first project is a neighborhood revitalization in the District with a large family component. Next is the District of Columbia Public School’s “Biking in the Park” program, begun in 2015, to teach and train every second grader in the city how to bicycle on city streets. Finally, the presentation discusses the creation of two “traffic gardens” in Ward 7 as an educational tool to teach children how to bicycle in urban environments and support the DCPS program.
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Describe future urban demographics and their impact on planning and urban design;
2. List important metrics and principles of planning for children;
3. Use education programs to support policies for inclusive mobility strategies; and
4. Discuss the history and definition of traffic gardens as an amenity and educational tool that supports mobility across all ages.
Cheryl A. O’Neill - Principal, Torti Gallas UrbanMary Butcher - Urban Designer, Torti GallasMiriam Kenyon - Director of Health and Physical Education, District of Columbia Public Schools
Potomac Chapter ASLA