Promoting Walkability for Children and Youth
This project is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility network, which aims to bring together consortia of cities, NGOs, academic institutions and/or commercial partners to initiate projects that engage people on the topics of urban mobility and public realm.
sCOOL2walk aims at helping kids and parents to be matched with each other to share their walk to and from the school, promoting walkability and improving children’s’ safety.
- Reduce car use for escorting kids to school
- Raise walkability by 5% of the target sample in each city
- To demonstrate a tool that allows the school community to walk to school in an organised manner.
- To develop confidence in active mobility, leading children to walk to school safely and independently.
- To assist the city with traffic management in the school perimeter.
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About this process
This process belongs to Citizen engagement projects
Promoting walking as a form of active mobility leads to positive health effects, as well as a decrease in traffic and pollution in cities. Walking to school might help children develop a sense of independence and awareness of their environment. However, some parents may believe that permiting their child to walk to school is risky due to high traffic or a lack of sufficient pedestrian infrastructure.
The sCOOL2walk project is aimed at promoting walkability among children and youth by creating a web application that connects parents and students to share their commute to school. The initiative will be implemented in several schools across Europe. Thanks to the involvement and support of Barcelona, Malta and Riga’s city councils, sCOOL2walk has reached over 4 schools that are willing to promote active mobility among their pupils, including Siggiewi Primary School in Malta, and Col·legi Sant Ramon Nonat, Escola Auró, and Escola Els Llorers in Barcelona.