A programme for active and healthy mobility management for Vienna’s kindergartens and schools.
Background and Purpose
The decline in physical activity has
become a serious problem for children and adolescents. Promoting physical
activity prevents health problems and is one of the most important
prerequisites for a positive development in childhood. Active mobility on trips
from and to kindergartens and schools has high potential to integrate physical
activity in daily routines. To increase active mobility of children, various
initiatives are offered by a broad range of actors. They are aiming at (i) educating
children in how to behave in the transport system, (ii) improving their travel
safety, and (iii) strengthening their skills in using different modes of
transport in an autonomous way. These offers are mostly not inter-connected,
have no higher level of coordination and are not standardized and evaluated in
terms of impacts on behavior change towards sustainable mobility patterns.
The aim of this study is to develop an
approach of integrating the existing initiatives and actors into a coordinated
program which facilitates access and ensures optimum use of resources and the
largest benefits for children.
For the City of Vienna all different types of mobility measures for children were collected in a comprehensive internet research and categorized. Based on interviews with providers the measures were described in detail. A database was developed which covers 28 different categories and approx. 120 different sub-categories (Fig. 1). In a participatory stakeholder-process results were presented. Further steps for developing an integrated program and to foster the cooperation between actors was initiated.
Information from about 70 measures from more than 40 different actors were collected and entered in the database. Most of the provided mobility measures are addressing school children (> 70 %) and mainly for children aged 6 to 10 (Fig. 2). The educational focus of most of the measures lies on social skills followed by improving cognitive competences of children (Fig. 3). Although most of the measures have a positive impact on children´s health, only 32% of the collected measures mention the word `health´ in their measurement description (Fig. 4).
The collected data gives an overview of
available mobility measures in Austrian’s capital city. Based on the available
information a program, which will bring mobility education easily into schools
and kindergartens and helps the institutions to identify the most suitable
offers which helps children to foster their independent mobility, will be
developed. This should guarantee that all children, regardless of their social
background or physical condition, have the same opportunities to benefit of
Implications for Practice and Policy
An approach for quality standards and
common evaluation criteria is developed which can also be transferred to other
cities and their offers.
The project is funded by the “Fonds Gesundes Österreich” and the Mobility Agency Vienna.
23 February 2018
A first joint workshop with experts from the health, education and mobility sectors takes place on the premises of Vienna’s Mobility Agency.
The moderator Petra Jens (Vienna’s representative for pedestrian traffic) welcomed the participants, presented the agenda and led over to the two technical inputs.
Dr. Jürgen Harreiter (Medical University of Vienna, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Member of the Board of the Austrian Diabetes Society) presents in a dialogue with Petra Jens the problems of type 2 diabetes and emphasizes the negative influence of a one-sided diet and lack of exercise.
Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen (research associate at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna) presents the proposed project with regard to the planned final product – a database that will record all measures in the field of mobility education of kindergarten and school children in Vienna and structures them according to comparable criteria.
After a short break, the following questions will be discussed in small groups and then presented to all participants:
11 October 2017:
The big “Beat the Street” kick-off event takes place in the Herderpark in Vienna’s Simmering district. The campaign, which originates from England, will also be carried out in Vienna for the first time this year from 10 October to 21 November. By tapping on so-called beat boxes with a chip card, pupils collect points and kilometres together with their fellow citizens and have the opportunity to win great prizes. This campaign increases the physical activity of the participants in a playful way.
6 October 2017:
Project internal interactive objectives workshop moderated by consultant “queraum. kultur- und sozialforschung” to specify the goals and results as well as the procedure in the project.
6 September 2017:
Project kick-off meeting at Vienna’s Mobility Agency.
Project team ACTIVE-HEALTHY Project leader: DI Dr.Wiebke UnbehaunUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesInstitute for Transport StudiesPeter-Jordan Straße 821190 WienTel.: +43 1 47654 85614
Photos: Elisabeth Raser, Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen, Mobilitätsagentur Wien, Dopplinger & Dopplinger GmbH