Citizen Bench

The public bench represents a practical and emotional link between the city and its citizens. It is a key element for the success of active mobility, public modes of transport and the well-being of citizens. With a user-centric approach, the Citizen Bench project helps cities to understand better the different needs of citizens, their restrictions and their expectations in terms of seating in the public realm. Feedback from the general public allows cities to verify and adapt the seating it offers in order to encourage active mobility and to increase the quality of urban spaces.  

Citizens are encouraged to describe and share their needs from public seating through a user-friendly tool and structured process that empowers citizens. The project strengthens environmental awareness, connects stakeholders and promotes exchange; it allows involvement in the ideation process and promotes emotional ownership and advocacy. The city, in turn, gets feedback on citizen’s needs, obstacles and preferences concerning the form, material, location, orientation and use of benches.   

Citizen Bench has tested the tool and methodology in Munich and the results will be part of a toolbox, including training programmes, that will support other cities to transform their public seating decisions.  The online-web-app can easily be tailored to different cities and regions.  


The project Children and youth empowerment through DECIDIUM digital platform, or CES4Kids, aims to deliver a participatory experience forchildren and youth in the co-creation of mobility planning, while at the same time enabling cities, academia and industry actors to gain valuable data and knowledge about their mobility habits to be able to design more suitable solutions for them. As children are often forgotten in the planning and decision-making process, CES4Kids aims to listen and understand the mobility habits, needs, and preferences of children and youth, as well as empower new generations to be part of co-creating mobility solutions.  

CES4Kids creates educational content about sustainable mobility to be used in class as well as hands-on learning activities and organises awareness-raising events. It also enables the elaboration, debate and prioritisation of proposals for improving public space and mobility services through the citizen engagement digital platform DECIDIUM. In parallel, workshops serve as testbeds for new mobility solutions aimed at improving daily mobility around schools and accelerating social acceptance of change. Pilot projects in Portugal, Greece, the Czech Republic and Spain offer different contexts and environments for deployment and engage with at least two schools in each country. 

CES4Kids aims to complete the project with a clear communication methodology that can be marketed within schools and public institutions to helpbroaden the outreach and impact of EIT UM. The ultimate goal of CES4Kids is to provide EIT Urban Mobility with a strategy and an array of tools and processes that will enable the organisation to engage and empower citizens, thus contributing to the promotion and impact of sustainable mobility initiatives.