Streets are complicated spaces because of all the different ways they can used. With the unforgiving nature of speed and the imbalance between types of uses, they can be uncomfortable places for a lot of people too. Yet growing up understanding how streets work is critical to getting around. Traffic gardens help children practice navigating streets, intersections in a safe and kinder place away from moving vehicles..


There is something about physical movement while having imaginative fun that makes traffic gardens an effective tool for bike and roadway safety education programs. By engaging in their design too, children think about how street networks are put together.  We believe that traffic gardens provide a valuable set of learning tools for young people that help them more safely navigating public streets as well as learn about engaging in seeking better street design.