Movement Card – Right to the City
The Movement Card aims to educate and inform all who have interactions with people moving in the public domain. Whether that’s you, your friends, the security guard, or even a police officer – with a Movement Card, you have an instant educational resource at your fingertips.
The goal is to collaborate with communities to replicate the card in other countries worldwide, enabling everybody to know their ‘right to their city’.
It allows those with limited rights to take legislative examples from other countries for use as a starting point to improve their freedom of movement.
I am a traceur and I’m sure most of you reading this are too. My vision of the city and how I project myself on it is deeply influenced by my parkour practice. It affects where I go, how I move, and my hopes for what a city will look like in the future.
This vision of using the city more creatively and staking my claim to it, however, is not unique. It belongs to a large family teaming with siblings and it goes back for generations – in it, we have skateboarders, climbers, bikers, street dancers, rollerbladers and more.
Each discipline has its unique vision but the primary function is the same – to own the city, or at least prevent the city from owning us. The Movement Cards benefits are therefor far-reaching and exceed our bubble.
Who’s city is this?
It’s a question every urban sport/art enthusiast thinks about at some point. At least, it’s what’s at stake when our communities are challenged to stop what we are doing. Sometimes they will outline specific reasons and attempt to quote legislation but more often than not they are simply having a negative reaction for no sound reason.
The Movement Card attempts to bridge the knowledge gap between practitioners and members of the public where possible. It is also the first step in the pursuit of greater global freedoms in regards to practicing in cities.
The Movement Card project is spearheaded by a collaboration between Ukemi and Parkour Outreach. Our goal is to collaborate with communities worldwide, to grow the project and provide the resource for as many people as possible. We are looking for people to get involved and take a leadership role in realizing it in their country. We offer support by providing a step by step roadmap to achieve this as well as design and legislative consultation.
- Create a pocket-sized right to practice guide for your city.
- Be added to our online web resource. The Movement Card website.
- Share physical and digital copies with your community.
The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights. David Harvey (2010). “Social Justice and the City”, p.315, University of Georgia Press