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PARIS: National Air Quality Day, Thursday October 14

PARIS: National Air Quality Day, Thursday October 14
PARIS: National Air Quality Day, Thursday October 14

Air pollution is a real scourge of public health worldwide.

In France, stale air is both responsible for an increase in the frequency of chronic diseases, but also for mortality exceeding 40,000 deaths 1 per year, of which more than 1 in 10 is directly linked to the fine particles that our air spits out. thermal vehicles. Road traffic alone accounts for 53% of total nitrogen dioxide emissions 2.

On the occasion of the national day of air quality, Eco CO2, promoter of the national school ecomobility program Moby, presents the results of its second barometer carried out by the IFOP 2 Institute concerning “Parents and transport home – school”.

In France, home-school transport represents more than 26 million trips 3 made every day during the school year by students, teachers and school staff. These trips are a source of traffic jams, road insecurity and above all pollution at the time of entry or exit.

In this context, municipalities are starting to pedestrianize or close lanes to traffic around educational establishments. These measures are often linked to the development of low-emission mobility zones (ZFE-m) and the Mobility Orientation Law (LOM) in order to reduce the environmental impact of transport.

Results of the Eco CO2 – IFOP barometer on home-school journeys

The survey reveals that these short and regular trips are levers

keys to deploy active and shared modes of transport, and thus reduce the number of vehicles in circulation and therefore pollution.

Despite the short distances between the school and home, the private car remains the preferred mode of transport (31% of respondents), even if walking is progressing (+ 3% compared to 2020 or 28%).

Among parents who drive their child to school, 26% say they make an exclusive trip for school trips and 17% make a detour from their home-work route. Carpooling remains marginal (1%).

Active mobility, walking and cycling, represents 30% of journeys.

15% of students use buses and 18% school buses. As a possible consequence of a rise in vaccination, there has been a resumption of confidence in public transport compared to last year since parents are less encouraging children to use individual transport. In 2021, 45% of parents recommend the use of individual transport for their child, against 55% in 2020.

39% of students live within 2 km of their establishment and 64% within a radius of 5 km.

60% of parents indicate that their child takes less than 15 minutes to get to his school.

55% of parents are ready to favor active mobility.

This result rises to 65% for parents whose home is located less than 2 km away. This opinion is motivated by health reasons (47%) as well as by ecological reasons (45%). For parents, the benefits of active mobility for children’s health are generally well identified. 80% of them believe that they have a positive impact on the long-term prevention of cardiovascular diseases and on the weight control of the child.

55% of parents expect the public authorities to facilitate the use of active mobility by developing cycle paths or pedestrianization in certain neighborhoods.

While safety constitutes the first criterion for arbitration between the different modes of transport, 59% of parents cite their supposed dangerousness as the main obstacle to the use of active mobility. The bicycle is undoubtedly the expense. It remains in the minority. Like last year, it represents only 2% of the modes of transport chosen while its use is booming among the population.

“This second barometer reveals that the short distances home – school establishment are adapted to the development of active and shared mobility if the security of the surroundings of the establishments is considered sufficient. It should be noted that 74% of parents are willing to participate in consultations on the subject ” comments Bertrand Dumas, Moby Project Manager at Eco CO2.

Pr Daniel NIZRI, President of the National Cancer League underlines the importance of adopting active modes of transport for health ” Lack of physical activity is a major public health issue, especially among children. Thanks to school streets or to the ECO CO2 Moby program, we can rethink travel around schools and promote walking, cycling, scootering, etc. ”

About MOBY –

Moby is the 1st national school eco-mobility program financed by the Energy Savings Certificates (CEE) system. It aims to promote the use of active modes of transportation for trips related to school life for students and staff of elementary schools, colleges and high schools in order to accelerate the ecological transition. Eco CO2 works with local associations involved in their territory to support local authorities and schools. Co-signatories of the agreement, the companies DISTRIDYN, EDF, ENERCOOP, ENGIE, LES MOUSQUETAIRES, SAVE finance a large part of the Moby program.

About Eco CO2 –

Eco CO2 is an innovative eco-business in the Social and Solidarity Economy. Created in 2009, its mission is to raise awareness among citizens and organizations in order to accelerate the ecological transition through behavior change. Eco CO2 deploys support programs on energy savings and sustainable mobility, designs digital platforms for environmental data and carries out studies on change management and energy management. One of its areas of expertise is the management of programs generating Energy Saving Certificates (CEE).

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