1. Starting the Co-Identification Process
a) What can realistically be promised in the “Participation Promise”?
- that all suggestions, complaints and ideas will be recorded and taken into account for the following stage of the project. It will be good to create a list of quick win sollutions, something that can be easily implemented with low cost, to show the will that opinion of participant is important and to encourage future cooperation.
b) Which stakeholders should be involved and how? Also think of “hard-to-reach groups” (children, elderly people, ethnic minorities)
- All stakeholders should be involved, but it is necessary to develop communication strategy, since it's not possible to reach all stakeholders on a same way and with same approach.
For "hard-to-reach-gropus" is good to think is there already some kind of network, eg.Association of people with disability, Association of people in retirement, Assotion of housewives or handcraft etc.for ethnic minorities try to find is there a community center or group leader or NGO, specialised for communication and realisation of projects with/for ethnic minority group (think about cultural characteristics).
c) How could your public kick-off become special (e.g. more interactive, memorable)?
Maybe organize kick-off event during some special date or as a part of bigger manifestation (eg. European Mobility Week). Create an friendly atmosphere that will be attractive for children, with some simple furniture and with small presents. For example we've created spot for public survey, with lazy bags, with some sweets, we had a mascot and chalk for drawing on a street. The mascot attracted many people, not only kids. Everybody wanted to take a photo. And that was the opportunity to talk and take a survey.
2. Neighbourhood Mobility Check
a) What do you consider to be the main strengths and weaknesses of your neighbourhood in terms of its mobility situation?
to the city centre, existence
of Community centre, an ambulance office, kindergarten in settlement, primary school nearby (children go to school on foot), existence of residential communities in residential
buildings, developed road network, green areas, public spaces, creek passes through the settlement, local business operators, big shopping centre nearby, covered by public bus lines
- railroad passes through the settlement, railway (non electrified) and unsafe railroad
crossings, aging of population, young people leave the settlement, because of lack
of opportunity to find a job and for higher education, lack of cultural, social and sport events, lack of cycling infrastructure and alternative car
solutions and service, low frequency of public transport lines, noise pollution, lack of equipped public green spaces, air pollution, existing road infrastructure is in bad condition, bad condition of sidewalks and pedestrian
infrastructure, cars occupies public space, lack of parking space, architectural barriers for people with disabilities, public spaces are not equally used related to age
and gender perspective, lack of sense of public safety due to existence of illegal and social
unacceptable behaviour on some spots, substandard Roma settlement on the outskirt.
b) At which locations and with which tools do you want to capture the opinion of all citizens / stakeholders about your neighbourhood’s mobility situation?
We have organized survey and workshop with field visit to collect the problems in settlement and to create a modal split analysis. It's important to organize activity within the settlement, so we've used the premises of primary school, kindergarten and comunity center.
Around 30 participants were involved in field visit. The age and gender were taken into account. (more info can be found here )
Face-to face communication is very important, but It is also important to publish the information on social networks and to create on-line tool.