Bicibus: going to school together by bicycle (BIKETRAIN)
Topic of the practice
Good Practice Information
Bicibus: going to school together by bicycle is a good example of promoting sustainable transport. The Municipality of Reggio Emilia, a medium sized city in northern Italy, decided to encourage its 170,000 inhabitants to change their travel patterns by promoting walking, cycling and other sustainable modes of transport, with a special emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of school transport.
Started in 2003 the “BiciBus/PediBus” project consists of groups of primary school children going to school walking or by bicycle along a safe predefined route, with the aims:
• Strengthening pupils' health and self-confidence;
• Reducing school transport by car, thereby increasing road safety, reducing fuel consumption and improving air quality;
• Enhancing children’s knowledge concerning sustainable mobility and transport behaviour.
Evidence of success
When the project started in 2003, 70 pupils from 2 schools participated. In ten years, more than 5,000 children joined the project going to school walking and by bike, while the percentage of children accompanied by car dropped to 56%. The project had various positive effects on the community, from energy savings to teaching children a healthy lifestyle and to be more independent.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Municipality of Reggio Emilia
Annex completed on: 03-07-2014