1.) D7.11 - Final brochure
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2.) Video Clip on Public Space - Accessibility and Citizenship
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3.) Video Clip on Walking Busses - Haute Savoie, France
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4.) Invitation to final conference & training

Walking and cycling to school and kindergarten

It is not only in old but also in new member states where levels of walking and cycling to school and kindergarten are falling. Active Access partners will run applications in partnership with local schools and kindergartens to promote alternatives to driving for the school run. In Annecy, for example, 15 primary schools will be targeted with an awareness campaign about the health and psychological benefits of walking, whilst in the Romanian city of Alba-iulia (partner ATU), and also in Murska Sobota, novel reward games for children travelling to school by sustainable modes will be tested and in Koprivnica, walking buses will be formed. The long term post-project effect will be lower levels of car-use for trips to school, and children with a healthier start in life.

CHD-MS. Active Access activities in Murska Sobota, Slovenia

Walking and cycling to school

Film: Together to the school in an environmentally friendly way
Schools wanted a tool to increase awareness of parents, especially those who are driving their children to school by car. The film was presented at 5 primary schools. Around 500 parents and 100 teachers/principals have seen this film. It is also available on all five schools websites and on the CHD-MS website. The film includes the problem, good practice, expert comments and children.

Traffic Snake Game: was played by 966 pupils in the school years 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 across two primary schools and two kindergartens. The use of environmentally friendly modes of transportation by parents has increased in all primary schools and kindergartens both during and after the game. The share of parking near the school gate has decreased whilst the share of parking at least 200m from the school gate has increased, so at least parents have to walk a part way to the school with their children or children walk alone to school.

City of Koprivnica. Active Access activities in Koprivnica, Croatia

Walking and cycling to school

School Travel Plans were created for four primary schools and three secondary schools. After measuring the baseline modal split of trips, the school catchment and road safety challenges for each school were mapped. The improvements were presented to the local administration. Possible repairs and safety campaigns were established and 6 travel plans approved by school boards. The two annual campaigns in spring and autumn included activities like cycling lessons and walking school buses.

Results: All the schools achieved a decrease in trips by car of between 1 and 14%. Two schools achieved a substantial increase in cycling from 4 to10% and 6 to15% respectively. Walking increased in two schools by up to 4%.

Prioriterre. Active Access activities in Haute-Savoie, France

Walking and cycling to school

An inter-school mobility challenge was organised to get as many parents and children (as well as teachers) coming by foot or bike to schools in June 2010, 2011, 2012 and September 2012. The winner was the school that had the higher percentage of persons that came without their cars and won a prize.

Results: In total 77 schools and 9125 people (adults and children) participated over 3 challenges with participation ranging between 75-100% of all pupils. With an average journey of 3km per participant, about 27,000 km were walked or ridden in the competitions.
Recommendations: a 1 day event attracts more participation than 2 days. A website to log the results and profile winners would be helpful.

Walking School Buses were developed in schools from different municipalities where groups of children walk together to school, accompanied by an adult picking up additional children at bus stops along a set route.

Results: there was great interest in the walking buses, but there continuation is dependent on committed volunteers.

AER. Active Access activities in L’Alcudia, Spain

Walking & cycling to school

Safe routes to school were designed for four schools in l’Alcudia by pupils and their parents. The most popular routes were subjected to a walking audit with members of the school community, city council representatives, local police and the AER staff. Changes were made to the routes to maximise safety and were marked with temporary stickers to be replaced with permanent ceramic tiles.

Results: More than 90% of pupils participated in designing the routes which are now considered a permanent feature for each school.

Walking Bus pilot was organised along each of the four school routes during European Mobility Week in which children walked to school in a group with accompanying adults, picking up additional children along the route.

Results: Around 250 students and 50 more people (teachers, technicians, local police and authorities) took part in the pilot with the majority saying they would use the facility if it was a permanent service.

Health day was organised in four schools of l’Alcudia. Currently, the majority of the schools in the Valencian region take part in ‘fruit day’ where one day a week each student must bring fruit to eat in the break. The idea of the ‘health day’ was to join two initiatives: eating fruit and walking to school.

ESC. Active Access activities in Nicosia, Cyprus

Walking & Cycling for school

Cycling Club: In September 2010 the UNic Cycling Club at the University of Nicosia was launched with 60 members. The club is involved in the municipality’s activities, assisting in organisation and promotion of cycling tours and events and membership is increasing year by year.

Film Competition: Students attended an all day training seminar on film production and then produced their own films about sustainable travel. The two best groups won a 150 Euro voucher granted by the Ministry of Communications and Works.

Results: the children became active stakeholders in the process of making the film about transport, which will be used in other campaigns and programs

Poster Competition: At the University of Nicosia, the Graphic Design Department ran a class exercise to design a poster to promote cycling. Posters were displayed at the university and used for campaigns.

Eco-transport Fair: In April 2011 the first Eco-transport Fair where visitors had the chance to buy and sell new and used bicycles at discounted prices. Two seminars were organised on “Safety” & “Bike Sharing” in collaboration with the Police Traffic Department.

Results: It was a successful networking event and the University wants to include it in its Spring Festival.

Walking School Bus was organised at a local primary school. All participants attended a seminar on traffic safety and behaviour by the Police Traffic Department. Three routes were selected based on the children’s participation. Children did drawings, short essays, poems and songs about their experiences which were presented at a final event to the Minister of Education & Culture.

Results: The first day began with 17 children and over the next days increased to 40. More children wanted to join than could be accommodated and so parents volunteered to be involved. This activity was organised again in May 2012 and 45 children participated.

Traffic Snake Game was organised at the school with all classes. It was organised a week before and after the walking school bus in order to compare results

ATU. Active Access activities in Bucharest and Alba lulia, Romania

Walking & cycling to school

The Traffic Snake Game was played with 900 children in three schools and two kindergartens in Alba Iulia, two schools in Bucharest for one-week. Children, parents and teachers were encouraged to travel to school by foot and by bike and were rewarded for doing so by receiving a sticker which they added to a giant snake poster. At the end of the week the children had to draw the most interesting thing they noticed on their way to school and winners were awarded prizes.

Results: Children realised they can choose, alongside their parents, how they travel to/from school. The team spirit was raised in class since every child was motivated to take part in the competition. Children were eager to get involved and positively influenced their parents to let them.

A High School information Day was run at a local high school with 50 pupils aged 16-18. A one hour information session was presented on the benefits of active travel followed by a 1 hour practical session on bicycle maintenance and repair.

Results: Students were highly motivated to travel independently and wanted more information. The outdoor workshop raised their interest in cycling and they requested similar events in the future.

HEMPS. Active Access activities in Harghita, Romania

Walking & cycling to school

The Traffic Snake Game was played in May 2011 at a small private kindergarten. It was the first Traffic Snake Game to be played in Harghita county and involved children, parents and teachers being rewarded with stickers to place on a snake banner for travelling to school by bike or by foot.

Results: After the game 25% more children went to kindergarten in an eco-friendly way than before the game.

Children’s Day in June 2011, provided the opportunity for HEMPS to run an Active Access tent where colouring books about sustainable transport were distributed to children and information on active travel shared with parents.

City of Tartu. Active Access activities in Tartu, Estonia

Walking & cycling to school

Bicycle school and traffic safety training. A permanent bicycle school was established in Tartu to teach children how to cycle safely on the roads and information days were held in a number of schools in the city.