Bikes and Kids

Opinion: Car-Centric Cities Hurt Kids

Designing neighborhoods with children in mind could reduce traffic fatalities and improve the health and well-being of kids.

September 27, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Kid on Train

Kids' Books About Mobility (Not Just Cars)

Introducing the Streetsblog Guide to Children's Books.

June 6, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Kids Draw Cars of the Future

Friday Eye Candy: The Cars of the Future, Envisioned by Children

Ten children, ages six through 12, were asked to draw the cars of the future, and then a professional illustrator touched up their ideas.

January 5, 2018 - Quartz

Kids Biking

Friday Fun: Toddlers Take to the Race Track

The hot new wheels of choice for little ones to learn how to ride bikes are called balance bikes. "Welcome to the Tour de France of Toddler Racing," says the Wall Street Journal.

May 26, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

City Kids

It's Our Future You Are Planning For: Getting Youth Involved in Planning

This blog post highlights resources available to help engage children and young adults in participatory planning processes.

February 24, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

play fountain

Family-Friendly Downtown Living

What helps make a downtown family friendly? Safe places to play, safe streets, good schools and attainable housing, writes Jennifer Hill.

April 14, 2015 - Community Builders

Kids Crossing the Street

How to Promote a Kid-Friendly, Walkable City

Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director for the city of Toronto, shares tips for how to create safe, fun environments for children.

January 7, 2015 - Active for Life

Friday Funny: Japan Cracks Down on Fun

Apparently the kids in Japan are just too darn loud. In a country where the old increasingly outnumber the young, crotchety old folks are cracking down on the sounds of childhood.

June 7, 2013 - The Japan Times

Density is Good for Cities, But is it Healthy for Kids?

Yes, people walk around more, less obesity, etc. But a report shows that city kids are less frequently allowed outside to play for safety concerns.

May 24, 2011 - New Geography

Family Structure Shifts in New York City

Family makeup is changing in New York City, where unmarried partners are on the rise and households with children are on the decline.

May 15, 2011 - The New York Times

Planning for Kids Makes Cities Better for All

While some cities have focused planning efforts on making their public spaces more accessible for the elderly, some argue that the age group they should be focusing on is kids.

February 2, 2011 - Good

Cities Too Dangerous for Kids? Maybe Not

Cities are commonly thought of as dangerous places for kids to grow up. But a new study challenges that perception.

December 28, 2010 - Grist

Why Kids Can't and Won't Walk to School in Laguna Beach

Getting kids to walk to school has been a nationwide campaign for years. But some places say it's just not safe. Some urban forms -- like that of Laguna Beach, California -- prove it.

October 20, 2010 - NRDC Switchboard

Teaching Interaction Design to High Schoolers

Two interaction design students in New York are starting a 10-week after school program that is trying to teach high school kids design skills that they can use in their communities.

September 27, 2010 - Urban Omnibus

Friday Funny: Architectural Analysis of Couch Forts

The staff of the BUILDblog review the architectural approach, style and design of kid-constructed couch forts.

June 11, 2010 - Build Blog

Kids in Train-ing

Trains across the former Soviet Union have peculiar staff: kids. Wired's Autopia blog explains.

May 1, 2010 - Wired

Won't Somebody Think of the Children?

Kids make up a big part of city populations. But often the built environment doesn't reflect a world planned with children in mind. This post from Polis looks at an effort to put children's needs back in the minds of planners.

April 29, 2010 - POLIS

Kids Tackling Planning Issues

The Municipal Art Society of New York talks with four young people who are actively involved in addressing the planning challenges facing their communities.

October 3, 2009 - Municipal Art Society

Let's Teach Children Planning

Planners often encounter ineffective public participation because of the fact that citizens often are not taught planning skills in school, says Michael A. Rodriguez.

September 24, 2009 - Michael A. Rodriguez

Le Corbusier for Kids

A new picture book introduces the architecture and urban ideas of Le Corbusier to children.

September 16, 2009 - Arcspace

Top Books

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

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