Mobility is a basic right for every citizen. Unsafe traffic conditions for different road users is a crucial issue which shifts the modal share away from active mobility users. This limits people in their mobility or in their choice of transport mode. Unprotected and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, children and the elderly are most affected.
Many children would love to cycle independently to school and to after-school activities but are prevented from doing so by parents who perceive this as too risky. Instead children are chauffeured around by their parents in cars, thereby contributing to increased pollution, sedentary lifestyles and unsafe traffic conditions.

In car-dependent societies, children suffer from a dramatic decrease of independent mobility. Across the globe, the number of children who walk or cycle to school has decreased from 82% to 14% during the last 30 years.

We must ensure a right of accessibility to public spaces and a right for active mobility in urban spaces, especially for children. This is a matter of importance for all children, regardless of the societies in which they may live or if they are rich or poor. This is an issue of social justice and basic human rights.

“Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children,
we will have a successful city for all people.“Enrique Peñalosa, the former Mayor of Bogota