From 13 to 20 September, eight Brussels-based test schools have been mapping the mobility behaviour of their students, using a digital survey system developed by GoodPlanet and Proximus as part of the GoodSchool DigiTool project. The data collected in this way enable schools to evaluate, monitor and adjust their mobility policies or concrete actions.
Healthier, more user-friendly and even faster. The shift to softer mobility is not only better for our planet, but also has a tangible positive impact on the daily life of citizens.
On this occasion, GoodPlanet and Proximus have developed a simple tool that enables schools to collect large-scale data on the mobility behaviour of their pupils and the mobility choices they make. The analysis of this data allows to develop targeted actions towards more sustainable mobility. In addition, schools can measure, evaluate and where necessary, adjust the impact of their actions using the same tool.
The survey system is part of the GoodSchool DigiTool project, a collaboration between GoodPlanet and Proximus that aims to support schools in their sustainability initiatives. The tool makes full use of the opportunities that arise as a result of digitisation:
- Students in the participating schools answer the survey question by pushing the button of their choice
- The device that registers the answers is directly connected to the Internet via the LoRa network of Proximus. The results are immediately stored in the cloud
- After the test period, the school receives the results of the survey which they can use as a starting point to evaluate, monitor and adjust their policies or concrete actions in the field of mobility
The GoodSchool DigiTool platform can be used for a wide range of possible applications, not only concerning mobility, but also with regard to energy and water consumption, waste management or nutrition. Based on these insights, schools can raise awareness among their pupils and take concrete actions to make the school more sustainable. The data can be stored for several years, allowing schools to analyse the long-term impact of their actions.
The survey was carried out in eight schools that recently started developing a school transport plan in collaboration with GoodPlanet and Brussels Mobility. It is a mix of Dutch-speaking and French-speaking primary and secondary schools, spread over the entire city of Brussels.
In the participating schools, the measurements were accompanied by specific initiatives to promote sustainable mobility. For example, the street in front of De Wimpel primary school in Ixelles was transformed into a traffic-free school street during Mobility Week. The results show that the number of pupils who walk or cycle to school has increased here from 42% to 54%.
Finally, it is striking that the system has become well established in a short period of time and that the push on the button has become a habit for many pupils after just one week, with some 1,500 active participants every day. After this successful test, the system will be further spread and scaled up in the coming months to further map mobility in the vicinity of schools.