Zebras for life

The citizen initiative "Zebras for life" was initially implemented in 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia as a way to prioritize pedestrians over cars and, with this, recover and reclaim public space. This participatory mechanism designs and carries out artistic interventions on the streets as a way of signaling pedestrian crossings, while seeking to reclaim the right to the city. It is also a wake-up call for local governments to give priority to pedestrians in their public policies. Years later, the initiative was implemented in the State of Nuevo León, Mexico, thanks to the management of civil society organizations. In 2016, it was implemented for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society  
democratic innovation yields no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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