Youth & Commute
Youth & Commute - A structured approach for increasing the mobility of marginalized youth is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and is addressing green transport and mobility, road safety literacy, mobility and inclusion.
While Europe is still struggling with COVID 19 crisis and a growing climate crisis, having the European Green Deal, the European Climate Pact and the EU’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy in mind, the policy context has never been more favorable for cycling in Europe than now. While Commission is planning at least €20 billion to invest in sustainable
transport, including bike lanes and countries cross Europe are implementing investment projects into the cycling infrastructure, there is also a strong need for soft projects to support acquirement of knowledge, skills and competencies for safe road behavior.
Bicycle use varies greatly depending on the region - in the Balkans and especially in middle eastern countries bicycles enjoy very little popularity. Young people originating from those countries show very low traffic literacy, and some have never used a bike in their lives. Several European studies are showing, that when it comes to choosing bicycle as means
of transport, people with migration background are less likely to use it. This gap is even bigger when it comes to women with migration background. According to an Austrian study (Migrationshintergrund und Alltagsmobilität. Mobilitätsverhalten und Verkehrsmittelwahl der österreichischen Bevölkerung. Heinz Fassmann und Ursula Reeger.) 70% of women with migration background do not cycle at all.
With this project we are addressing green transport and mobility, road safety literacy and the mobility and inclusion of young refugees, migrants and other groups living at the margins of the society. Lack of accessibility to transportation services and systems leads to social exclusion and the bicycle provides target groups with low-cost mobility, which is a
prerequisite for social inclusion.
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