La Cab wants to rethink mobility on the way to school

Through the Moby system, seven schools in the Bastia area will deploy less polluting and more efficient mobility plans. Objective: to change the behavior of students and adults converging on these establishments to decarbonize these trips

Chance sometimes does things well. European Mobility Week, which runs from September 16 to 22, has set itself the goal of encouraging as many people as possible to adopt an eco-citizen approach by favoring soft and alternative travel to the car. It is this space-time that the Community of agglomeration of Bastia (Cab) seized to launch, yesterday, a school eco-mobility project. “The issue of soft travel is a strong focus of our regional projectadvances Leslie Pellegri, vice-president of the Cab in charge of ecological transition. This is why we have chosen to enroll in this program aimed at creating the conditions for responsible eco-mobility.”

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Created in 2018, the Moby scheme is the first national school eco-mobility program labeled by the Ministry of Energy Transition. Its objective: to support local authorities in the implementation of responsible travel to schools, for two years.

To coordinate this project, the Cab has joined forces with the company Eco CO2, an eco-company specializing in actions aimed at accelerating the energy transition, in partnership with National Education and the Council for Architecture, Town Planning and of the environment (CAUE) of Corsica, represented by its director, Stéphanie Grimaldi.

Define “tailor-made” actions

Through this program, fifty classes from seven elementary schools in the Bastia area – U Rustincu in Furiani, Miomu, Petranera, Kalliste in Ville di Petrabugnu and the Desanti, Charpak and Defendini schools in Bastia – will carry out the experiment. In other words, define less polluting and more efficient mobility plans.

Examples: streamlining routes, optimizing public transport services, encouraging carpooling, setting up walking buses… With, in the background, raising awareness among pupils of the need to travel while limiting gas emissions to greenhouse effect. “The first step will consist of making a diagnosis of travel practices at the level of each school and identifying the actors working around the establishment, explains Nicolas Frémont, referent of Eco CO2. Steering committees will allow us to define tailor-made actions, according to the needs of each school, with pupils, parents and teachers, in order to rethink home-school journeys.” On the island, three communities are involved in the Moby system: the Community of communes of South Corsica, that of Marana-Golu and now the Cab.

“A real educational approach”

To carry out this program, the agreement between the urban community and Eco CO2 provides for an envelope of some 140,000 euros, 77% of which is financed by the State and the energy saving certificate system.

It must be said that the stakes are high: according to the school eco-mobility barometer carried out by the Ifop institute in 2021, at the national level, 31% of parents use the car as their preferred mode of transport on the way to school. . While walking and cycling have increased by around three points compared to 2020, this mode of travel is still far from being the majority (28%).

“This program is part of a real educational approach, which mobilizes students and, through them, families to change behavior from an ecological point of view, while promoting physical activity, considers Bruno Benazech, Academic Director of the National Education Services of Haute-Corse. The idea is to learn to move with, in mind, the constant concern for the future of our planet.”

La Cab wants to rethink mobility on the way to school