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CHILDREN WALK SAFELY FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

Three days per week children walk to school in Trento. © Comune di Trento

The project, adopted by the Municipality of Trento in 2004, consists of a set of actions that aims to educate children in primary schools to walk the route to school in a sustainable way and independently. It aims to promote district awareness and the rules to move safely, encouraging children to be independent and to feel member of the district. It also aims to reduce car traffic and improve the quality of life in the urban environment.

I Description of the measure

Parades are organised to raise awareness on sustainable mobility. © Comune di Trento

Title in original language: Bambini a piedi sicuri per una mobilità sostenibile

Location of CNA: Italy

Municipality / regional entity: Trento

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Educational
Secondary nomination(s): Other type: Logistics

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Transport
Secondary field(s): Industry & services

Spatial scale: Local
Time & duration:

Start date: The first testing of the project "Children walk safely for sustainable mobility" occurred in the school year 2003/04 in two schools in Trento (De Gaspari and Savio).
Duration: ongoing

Key word(s): home-school transportation, sustainable mobility., urban environment, Walkways

Objectives:

This CNA is a participatory project where various actors - children, parents, teachers, students, young people in civil service, municipal services, associations, commercial operators - are the protagonists of the ideational and operational actions in order to become more competent and capable of self-activation. The implementation of the CNA is supported by the Municipality of Trento and the primary schools of the city in order to educate children and their families to sustainable mobility. As a result it reduces motor traffic and creates new social relations among children and among adults involved. The City Council has set up in 2004 a working group of municipal services: Culture, Tourism and Youth Policy, the Municipal Police, Planning and Urban Mobility and Decentralization. The group meets periodically to assess the outcomes of the project, to introduce any corrective and to reschedule activities.

Activities:

Participating primary schools implemented a series of activities with children (meetings on driver education,raise awareness parades,theatrical performances,Labs about the rules of "Good pedestrian "implemeted also by young people in civil service at the Youth Policy),with parents (questionnairs, meetings, involvement in the parties "safe walk in the neighborhood"),with teachers (training,coordination meetings) and with the community ("Safe walk" parties involving local associations,participation in events related to sustainable mobility Week).The project has been a stimulus also to start in 2009 the week PIEDIBUS organized by parent volunteers. Currently, the experience takes place three days a week and is taken up with a line(http://www.comune.trento.it/Comunicazione/Il-Comune-informa/Web-TV/A-piedi-sicuri).Trento Municipality supports PIEDIBUS with site inspections for safe routes,the insurance for accompanying persons,the provision of reflective vests and orange hats for children.

Results:

The comparison between the pre-project and post-project data shows: decrease of cars that come close to the school (from 34% to 22%); the use of the lay-by located about 100 m from the school (10%); the number of children which reach school on foot accompanied by an adult decreased (from 23% to 13%) and the number of children who walk to school alone and with friends unaccompanied by an adult increased (from 25% to 36%).Moreover, the structural changes brought in recent years within the project consist of: roadsigns reordering; introduction of closures near schools at the times of entry and exit of children; remodeling of the traffic light phases in some intersections; allocation of some parking for parents stop in the time of entry and exit of children; construction of infrastructures for pedestrian crossing and introduction of 3 additional "grandparents traffic officers".

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Low

This CNA contributes to the reduction of GHGs emissions by the reduction of car traffic.

Impacts on adaptation: Positive

The fact of removing cars and their induction from the roads contributes to reduce territory vulnerability deriving from climate change.

Impacts on environment:


- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

The measure has a positive impact in terms of Alpine ecosystems, because of the reduction of CO2 generated by cars; in terms of air quality for the same reasons as before. The fact of promoting alternative mobility in order to keep mountain environment unchanged guarantees to conserve the high quality of water and soil.

Impacts on society:


- Social justice: Neutral
- Regional / cultural identity: Very positive
- "Other": None

This CNA supporting sustainable mobility has positive effects on the society through the socialization among young people and adults and between adults themselves, alienated from the unreasonable fragmentation of time in urban lifestyle.

Impacts on economy:


- Employment / job creation: Neutral
- Added value / income: Neutral
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

The initiatives proposed by this CNA induce other good urban policies, on traffic and the quality of life, by reflecting on the sustainability of planning guidelines of regional and municipal public administrations.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

This CNA contributes to the carbon neutrality awareness in the transport sector through several specific educational activities both for children and their families.

Transferability: Very high

Since the first testing in the schools "De Gasperi" and "Savio", Trento Municipality drew enthusiastic reasons to continue to extend the educational and practical significances of this CNA in all the other schools of the City. Moreover, considering the limited economic and organizational resources that involves, this CNA results easily transferable for the most part of Municipalities. As a matter of fact, specific activities as for example the "Piedibus" have been already implemented also in many other Italian Municipalities (http://www.piedibus.it/index.php?c=3).

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Medium

This CNA is part of an integrative approach towards carbon neutrality carried out by Trento Municipality. In particular, it enters into public administration's initiatives to promote alternative mobility as e.g. the enhancement of public transportation, the promotion of car sharing, the improvement of micro-mobility, etc. (http://www.comune.trento.it/Aree-tematiche/Ambiente-e-territorio/Mobilita-e-traffico-urbano/Mobilita-alternativa)

Good governance: High

The co-operating bodies in this CNA are: political authorities e.g. Trento Municipality and in particular the Culture, Tourism and Youth Policy, Urban and Mobility Planning and Decentralization departments; the Municipal Police; Schools and as consequence children, parents, teachers, students involved; young people in civil service; local civil societies associations; local commercial operators.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration, Universities or other educational institutions, Individuals

educational institutions

Contact person(s):

Name: Rosanna Wegher 
Institution: Comune di Trento 
Address: via Roma 56 Trento
Phone: +39 0461884837
Fax: +39 0461884849
Email: [email protected]

Other contact persons:

Other contact person: Youth Policy Department

Online information:

http://www.comune.trento.it/Comunicazione/Il Comune-informa/Web-TV/A-piedi-sicuri http://www.trentogiovani.it/content/ambiti_di_attivita/progetti/67 http://www.trentogiovani.it/content/webfm_send/732 Photo gallery: http://www.trentogiovani.it/content/node/2008

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