After the “Com-Com” of South Corsica last December, it is the CAB which in this month of September registered its adhesion to the Moby program, proposed by the company Eco CO2, a device which aims to encourage families and teachers to favor soft, non-polluting journeys for home-school journeys.
With a view to improving traffic flow around schools, and more broadly to promote eco-mobility – or means of transport that are less harmful to the environment – the urban community of Bastia applied for this national program and its offer was selected by this eco-company which supports local authorities and schools in the implementation of a School Travel Plan and in raising student awareness. “We have several missions in the public service”underlines Stéphanie Grimaldi, director of the Council of Architecture, Town Planning and the Environment of Haute-Corse which is the ECO CO2 referent on the territory “We are very happy with this partnership with the CAB because it fits perfectly into our basic mission, raising awareness in schools. In the field of architecture and the environment, we are already involved in around a hundred classes in the Bastia region. Today it is important to develop a new way of doing things, to inculcate a new way of seeing things”
“It is important to point out that this program must include all schoolchildren but also all those who revolve around them: parents, teachers, delivery people, etc…” specifies Nicolas Fremont, in charge of the project at the CAUE, who details “First, we are going to make a diagnosis of the situation by noting the black points, the sectors to be improved, then we are going to create steering committees to set up programs, action plans within the schools on 2 year “.
Avenues to explore
Three communities in the Corsica region have already chosen to join the Moby programme: Community of Communes of South Corsica, Community of Communes of Marana Golo and the Community of Agglomeration of Bastia.
As in the two other local authorities, Moby will enable students, parents and all the staff of several schools to learn how to optimize their modes of travel by favoring active and shared mobility. “As the authority organizing mobility in the territory, the CAB has prerogatives in terms of the mobility plan for companies and administrations” explains Leslie Pellegri, vice-president of the CAB in charge of ecological transition. “The launch of this device is a good thing since we are precisely in mobility week. The program will be rolled out to 50 classes in 7 elementary schools in the area*. In order to promote the development of these mobility plans, the CAB plans to take on a mobility monitoring and advisory role with employers and managers of activities generating significant travel flows. The partnership agreement between CAB and ECO Co2 was signed in July. The total amount of the program is €140,931 excluding tax. It is financed up to 77% by the State and the Energy Savings Certificate system. The cost for our institution is €32,522 excluding tax. In an exemplary approach, the CAB also plans to draw up its own mobility plan by 2023”.
Already concrete examples
For example, the Maria de Peretti secondary school in Porto Vecchio hosted its first awareness-raising events on repairing a puncture on a bicycle and an introduction to scooters. The college of Bonifacio received its first awareness event on the repair of a bicycle puncture. In the south, the secondary establishments of the Community of Communes of South Corsica will start the diagnostic phase with this week of mobility. In all cases, the objective is to invite young and old to rethink home-school journeys for more virtuous mobility.
As you can imagine, the National Education is a partner in this system. ” We are very attached to this program” emphasizes Bruno Benazech, Academic Director of the National Education Services of Haute-Corse. ” All schoolchildren and nearby adults are affected by the traffic plan. This is all the more important as car use in Bastia is sometimes excessive. Sometimes there have to be changes in behavior. We are also concerned about eco-mobility and safety”
Pupils, parents, teachers and professionals of schools, local residents… all are concerned by a reflection on the modes of travel to be favored for home-school journeys. The Moby program emphasizes consultation and the involvement of different users to implement actions aimed at strengthening active modes.
The schools that will help with the scheme
U Rustincu school in Furiani (7 classes)
Miomo School (3 classes)
Pietranera School (5 classes)
Kalliste School in Ville di Pietrabugno (4 classes)
Desanti (9 classes), Charpak (5 classes) and Defendini (7 classes) schools in Bastia.