SCHOOLHOOD’s first stop on its journey to safe, green and happy ways to school

Edited on 04/07/2024

Last year around summertime, SCHOOLHOODs started its journey to improve the way our children are going to school. With the Baseline Study and Network Roadmap in place, we formed a timetable with 4 service lines and 9 stops to arrive at our vision: safe, green and happy ways to school for our pupils. After a period of intensive work from January to March 2024, we took a look back at our challenges and achievements in our first Quarterly Network Report - analysis & vision.


With Line No. 1 – learning and exchange @ network level – SCHOOLHOODs invested in a better understanding of analysing how pupils come to school. Our first webinar focused on methods and tools to use with a mix of network internal knowledge from Skawina and external inspiration from ModeShift UK. The ideas we gained there were carried to our network meeting in Brno, were we broadened the view on assessing school mobility and conditions for it. And prepared for the coming tasks of vision building and defining objectives. 

With Line No 2 – putting things on the ground – we exchanged on how the first steps of ULG work got tailored at local level in. Like in Rethymno, where work took an iterative approach by getting the city staff and decision makers updated, then addressing the headmasters of the focus schools and finally deliver a full-scale ULG meeting with all stakeholder groups. Who defined the main work areas and assign the first tasks. Or like in Brno, where ULG meetings got organised school-wise with all stakeholders. They agreed to start a school trip assessment by a survey and by pupils drawing their school way to learn on their impressions.

With Line No. 3 – what else is out there? – we met the experts of the Mobility Agency of Vienna at our first Site Visit. And returned home with fresh knowledge and ideas on how to work with children from kindergarten to secondary school age. And on how to organise and design public space and streets around schools to improve green school commuting conditions.

With Line No. 4 - creative work with methods and tools – we dived into the options that the URBAN95 Quality Criteria, the Place Game as well as free software services like the Open Route Service Map of QGIS hold for our work to better assess and understand today’s conditions for pupils to go to school.

We hope you got curious about our activities and what we learned in the first 3 months of this year! Take a look at the full Quarterly Network Report No. 1 and our first stop - analysis & vision here!

Stay tuned!


Submitted by Vasilis Koutalas on 04/07/2024
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Vasilis Koutalas

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