Integrative networking system to optimize children's companion pathways
Original Language Title: Integratives Vernetzungssystem zur Optimierung von Kinder-Begleitwegen
Traffic behaviour is already formed in the early childhood by personal surroundings. By developing a cross-linking system which optimises escorted trips of children, influence in the awareness- and decision-making processes of what means of transport are preferred, can be achieved. Thereby fixed pattern regarding individual motorized traffic can be opened up and new traffic behaviour pattern can be established. Associated with traffic behaviour, the decision what means of transport are preferred, is already formed in the early childhood by personal surroundings. Therefore, adults and parents in particular should set a good example. Especially every-day routes for example routes from or to kindergarten, school and leisure time activities influence the approach to mobility and the actual traffic behaviour.
The goal within the framework of kids2move is to achieve sustainable influence in the awareness- and decision-making process of what means of transport are preferred and thereby open up fixed pattern regarding individual motorized traffic and establish new traffic behaviour pattern. This behaviour modification should have influence on the entire traffic behaviour and thereby support a new mobility understanding. Another vital goal is to establish individual options regarding "active mobility" within all escorted trips. Furthermore, kids should be given equal opportunities regarding knowledge and benefits of different means of transport. Another benefit, especially for women is the saving of time.
A vital (methodical) aspect within kids2move is to involve all relevant groups of people, which are parents, the children themselves, persons in support, heads of kindergarten and so on. A trans-disciplinal way should be followed. Furthermore (and for the first time in Austria) the theoretical potential of optimising escorted walkways will be acquired. 'Theoretical potential' is defined as the amount respectively the share of routes, which can be reduced by using a cross-linking system. This will on one hand be achieved by shifting to environmental friendly modes, and on the other hand by improving the efficiency of individual motorized traffic (car pool). Based on the findings of two other ways2go-projects ('GEMMA' and 'GEMMA WEITER'), the cross-linking system to be developed should consist of two parts: the offline-part, which should provide all participants with tools in order to gain confidence in one another, and the online-part, which should provide escorted trips organising and planning tools.