Partner Example
2013 United Kingdom

50 Active Streets

Type of project: Public square Language: English, Spanish Download PDF Developed by: Birmingham Wellbeing Service
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Year 2013
  • Contact Info

Synthesis of the case study

Active streets was inspired by Playing Out in Birmingham, and took what was a small-scale closure project in Kings Heath to a city-wide initiative. Playing Out itself was created following a road accident in Birmingham that motivated citizens to take ownership of what is, rightly, their own space in a safe way. Following this, the initiative was taken up by Birmingham's Wellbeing Service, where it became Active Streets. The initiative has now blossomed into a city-wide community cohesion project that is still expanding. Active Streets provide neighbours with the tools to close their street, encourage them to come out of their homes, engage with their neighbours and take the opportunity to actively participate in a variety of street activities, and support children with playing in a safe environment right on their doorstep.

Contact information

Owner: Birmingham Wellbeing Service

Email:, Phone: 0121 464 0206