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

FGM-AMOR. Active Access activities in Graz, Austria

Walking & cycling for health & leisure

Mobility Information Packages for new Residents of Andritz were distributed giving relevant information on mobility offers in the area including public transport routes and timetables, bicycle maps, local maps and six recreational walking routes.

Results: Over 85% of people used the PT map and over 70% have used the bicycle map and PT timetable. 76% of people had made or intended to make, a trip by walking, bicycle or PT from the information in the pack. An agreement has been made between the city and construction companies that all new residents will be given an information pack in the future.

Joint activities with elderly people were carried out in (hilly) Graz-Andritz:
  • visits to their associations with information and mobility advice
  • specialised walking audits to identify their needs and experiences
  • invitations to join a group walk or cycle tour set up in the borough
  • testing shopping trolleys and pedelecs.

The information from the senior citizens during the walking audit informed the planning of benches for the borough.
20 participants cycled about 1500 km with the pedelecs in 1 week. About half of the 1500 km were shifted from car to bike on journeys that would otherwise have been driven by car. The radius of action was increased from an average of 1,4 km to 3,3 km.. On average 1 tester covered 12 trips a week by pedelec. In general, citizens of Graz carry out an average of 3,7 trips a day (2008). That means that the testers did 46% of their trips by pedelec.

The first steps campaign invited proud parents to submit photos of their child’s first steps to a special website with some words of what they felt when they saw their child walking. People voted for their favourite picture. The three winning children per week won a voucher of 30,- Euro for children’s shoes. The campaign was supported by the biggest local newspaper and accompanied by articles about walking in the city.

Unconventional Awareness Raising Activities were carried out such as walks with the Vice Mayor of Graz where residents could join him and ask questions. Also an usual event kicked off event in Graz in November 2010 when the Australian mobility philosopher David Engwicht raised awareness by dressing up and sitting in the middle of the road, on his “throne”. His aim was to slow down motorists by arousing their curiosity, and to communicate with road users in a non-verbal way. Local people were quickly on the scene and discussed who “owns” the street. Breakfast was organised for passers-by to promote a pleasant atmosphere. Discussions were relaxed, friendly and without aggression, even when the season wasn’t perfect.

Exercising with Weight Watchers aimed to motivate members of „Weight Watchers“ to live a more active life style for their exercise needs.

Results: People clearly demonstrated a willingness to change.

Exercise Prescriptions were produced for a Medical Doctor to prescribe exercise in minutes of physical activity, e.g. 30 minutes walking 3x per week or 50 minutes of cycling 2x per week.

Results: The general idea of the prescriptions was good but not sufficient to change behaviour in the long term. Ongoing support, meetings and goal setting and measures of success are needed.