During de course 2011-2012, Barcelona City Council, the Catalan Down's Syndrome Foundation and the abertis foundation conducted the “Road assistant” project as a pilot scheme in three schools in the district of Sarriá-Sant Gervasi, in Barcelona: the Orlandai Primary School, the Sagrat Cor de Sarrià Primary School and the Dolors Monserdà-Santapau Primary School. Six young people aged between 20 and 25 with Down’s Syndrome or with an intellectual disability observed the behaviour of pedestrians each morning when entering the school and each afternoon when leaving. The objective of the initiative was twofold: on one hand, to improve road safety around schools; and on the other, to integrate young people with Down’s Syndrome into the work market.
The road assistants had received prior training from the Catalan Down's Syndrome Foundation and the City Police Force and were accompanied during their first days of work by a tutor. Their work entailed checking whether pedestrians respected traffic lights and zebra crossings, whether passengers in vehicles wore their seatbelts, if they got out of the car on the pavement side, if those riding motorbikes wore helmets and whether students on bikes or skateboards showed respect for pedestrians, among many other types of behaviour. All these aspects are closely linked to the training given in schools by the Mobility Service and the Education Institute of Barcelona City Council.