Cebras por la Vida

 Painting crosswalks to protect pedestrian’s and their right to walk safely in cities 


Cebras por la vida seeks to make visible the lack of respect, confort and safety conditions to walk in the city.


  • Big impact on media with numerous reports in print media and TV
  • Pedestrian’s rights have gained visibility among the urban agenda framework
  • More and more people are working for pedestrian’s rights.
  • Communication campaign on pedestrian issues in collaboration with El Tiempo and City TV.

Did you know?

Cebras por la Vida won the 2015 Walking Visionaries Award in the Advocacy Campaigning and Social Projects Category. The prize is handed at the Walk 21 Vienna Conference. The previous year, the initiative won the Premio de la Sostenibilidad Urbana at the World Urban Forum 2014 in Medellin

Sustainability and Replicability

The idea of the initiative has been replicated in several cities of Colombia (Pereira, Medellín, Cúcuta, Villavicencio) and in Querétaro (Mexico) through dérive LAB.

Lessons learned

Cities are built together through action. It is all about creating new participation spaces so citizens can take advantage of them. It is very important to foster citizen involvement opportunities.  Art for example, is a powerful tool as it moves, builds, impacts, organizes and entertains.

Impact projects do not happen overnight.They require much commitment, certainty and perseverance. Results eventually come.

Take action

 Spread the message. Join Cebras por la Vida team in Colombia (Bogotá, Medellín, Pereira, Cúcuta and Villavicencio), in Mexico (Querétaro) or create a team in your city. Get in touch with the organisers via their General Coordinator: 

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