Creating a safe walking route in hilly Lima

Published October 31, 2019

Families living in the hilly neighbourhood of Alto Perú, in Chorillos, Lima, can now walk to their local childcare centre after an Urban95 intervention. Caregivers preferred to take their toddlers on an expensive and circuitous moto-taxi route rather than walk the short distance, as the path is steep and was dangerously uneven and strewn with garbage.

As this video shows, an Urban95 team worked with local residents to clean up the route, build retaining walls and install two handrails – one at adult height and one at toddler height – as well as planting greenery and adding seating and rest areas.

Now the families have the opportunity to be more active and the daily journey is more stimulating for the young children, with opportunities to explore and interact with others they meet along the way.