Building involvement

Who should be involved in participation processes? And how?

1. Diversity

The organisation 8-80 Cities claims that when you design a city that’s accessible to an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, then you have a city that is liveable for all. But it’s hard to know what’s good for an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old until you talk to them.

Most cities these days carry out some form of stakeholder involvement in local planning processes. The question is no longer if, but how extensive and what effects the input of stakeholder can potentially have.

If your city has already started sustainable urban mobility planning, you know how important citizens and citizen groups are in the process. This includes everyone from children to senior citizens as well as people with disabilities and minority groups.

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