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European Mobility Week: What alternative means of transport can my children use to get to school?

Semana Europea de la Movilidad: ¿Qué medios de transporte alternativos pueden utilizar mis hijos para ir al colegio?


Traffic jams, delays, pollution... Transport is responsible for more than 30% of CO2 emissions in the European Union, of which 72% comes from road transport, according to data from the European Parliament. Each and every one of us can contribute to less polluting of the planet, for example, by changing the way we get around. Transport to school can also be done in a sustainable way:  less emissions and, in most cases, ways of moving that contribute to a better health. 

-On foot. Going to school on foot is, without a doubt, one of the most efficient and healthy ways.Of course, everything will depend on the distance to walk. In any case, it is possible to combine walking with other more sustainable forms of mobility such as public transport. 

-By bicycle. This is an ideal option for those journeys where there are bicycle paths or where there is little traffic of other vehicles such as cars or vans. Here we give you all the keys to travel safely by bicycle.

-By public transport. This is, without a doubt, a good option for long journeys and can be combined with other forms of sustainable travel such as walking or cycling. 

-Using other transport vehicles such as scooters. This must, of course, always be done safely. The use of a helmet and adult supervision is recommended for small children. Here we offer advice on the use of electric scooters for children.

-Traveling by school bus is also a sustainable way of getting to school, as it significantly reduces the number of cars that would be needed to transport all the children. 

-Vehicles that pollute less such as electric cars, hybrids, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), hydrogen... We are talking about low-polluting or non-polluting cars that run on electricity or other alternative forms. Facilitating the acquisition of these vehicles is one of the great challenges in the European Union. 


The  European Mobility Week (EMW) 2020  is held annually from 16th to 22nd September: This year, the slogan is "For a mobility without emissions". This theme reflects the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the European Green Deal. According to the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global warming at a threshold of 1.5 degrees, it is essential to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

This year it also seeks to highlight the importance of accessibility to zero emission transport systems and to promote an inclusive system for everyone.

At Fundación MAPFRE we advocate for a sustainable mobility Our project Virtual Training Bike was awarded with the prize "Muévete Verde" in the category of Promotion of sustainable mobility by the City Council of Madrid. This project aims to promote the use of bicycles as an ecological and healthy form of transport in the city and facilitates the learning of safe driving.

Virtual Training Bike is included in Eccentric-Civitas, an initiative of the European Union in its Horizon 2020 research framework program, which promotes healthier, more sustainable and cleaner transport in cities.

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