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Mobility Measure

Rethymno combines new infrastructure and strategic plans with public engagement and behavioural change activities to increase safety and use of sustainable mobility modes for the school community
Mobility plans for school/university communities

Rethymno is aiming to address the traffic congestion around schools during peak hours, which constrains traffic flow and limits pedestrian safety. New studies on mobility plans for schools and the university, the redesign of public spaces around schools, improved PT routes and bus stops aim to improve urban mobility. Targeted training activities will build the capacity of the young generation to commute safely and use more sustainable modes of mobility.

Implementing sustainable mobility

This measure will address the traffic congestion surrounding schools during peak hours, which constrains traffic flow and limits pedestrian safety. New mobility plans for schools and the university will improve urban mobility and build capacity of the young generation to commute safely. Public space around schools will be redesigned to increase safety by slowing down car speeds and offering more space for walking and cycling. Educating students and parents about sustainable modes of mobility and motivating them to use walking, bike and shared routes is also planned.

The main objectives of this measure are to:

  • improve accessibility and PT services to the municipality’s schools and the university.
  • increase awareness of safe driving and sustainable modes of transport.
  • eliminate road accidents close to schools and university.
  • increase walking and cycling of students towards the university and schools.
  • reduce traffic and noise in the city centre.

The main planned actions are to:

  • Analyse mobility patterns of pupils/students /parents for travelling to schools/sports/other educational activities during the day.
  • Conduct a study on mobility plans for schools and university.
  • Redesign public spaces to increase road safety around schools and 
  • Carry out a study to improve PT routes.
  • Transform the main bus stop serving the university, so as to inspire use of PT.
  • Training, awareness and behavioural change activities within schools.
  • Road safety training sessions and workshops with parents’ associations.
  • Development of signs, communicational and training materials.

How did the measure progress?

Activities implemented so far include:

  • Data collection, interviews and questionnaires with school teachers, parents, university students and staff to analyse mobility patterns, users’ perceptions and needs in order to formulate the baseline for the school mobility plans.
  • Research on best practices and materials to enhance students’ road safety.
  • Elaboration of mobility plans for ten schools and the University. Feasibility study on intervention projects.
  • Consultation meetings with Educational Directorates, school directors, teachers and parents’ associations.
  • Training workshops targeted at parents and teachers.
  • Experiential road safety programs in schools involving 600+ students from 11 primary schools.
  • Organisation of the “Road Safety Week” by TUC, a one-week campaign including educational activities on road safety, experiential workshops on sustainable mobility modes and the environmental impact of transportation.
  • A behavioural change workshop on decision-making during driving for high school students.
  • Public events and first-aid seminars on road accidents for adults.
  • Design and development of a thematic application for smartphones, as a tool with a user-friendly interface for children and adults can use to calculate and compare the environmental impact of different transport modes

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The outcomes of the measure so far are:

  • Mobility plans for ten schools and the University, which have been integrated into the city’s SUMP.
  • A feasibility study on intervention projects (short-, medium-, and long-term) to enhance road safety in public areas around schools.
  • School communities (teachers, students, parents) educated and motivated to adopt road safety culture and to change their mobility habits towards using more sustainable mobility modes
  • A two-year holistic action plan including experiential road safety and behavioural change activities, schools’ networking and competition, thematic events and interactive workshops
  • An app for tablets / smartphones, designed for children and adults to showcase the potential savings of choosing walking, cycling, PT and shared vehicles.
  • More than 1,200 students and 16 schools involved.