78 – How do we improve the mobility experience of students on their way to campus?

A Tribe Called Transport (Mpact)

A Tribe Called Transport is the youth platform of Mpact, a non-profit organisation that stimulates innovation, raises awareness and offers accessible services within shared and sustainable mobility.
Open challenge
Expected end result: New concept

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What is the core of the problem?

Research by A Tribe Called Transport shows that 44.5% of students experience many obstacles during their frequent and daily journeys. Delays, insecurity as cyclists and loss of time are the main obstacles and appear to be greatest for the route to their campus. The results of the research can be found here: https://en.atribecalledtransport.be/post/trainspotting-with-the-students-of-the-five-feet-distance-society

What would be the impact if this problem were to be fixed?

If student mobility to campuses is rethought in the direction of more sustainable and shared transport options, this will ensure accessible campuses with extra space for recreation and socialising. A more sustainable mobility approach also contributes to less air pollution and climate change mitigation. In addition, learning something at a young age makes a difference in the long run. Students are the employees of the future and will therefore also become part of the commuter traffic. The sooner students become aware of the barriers they experience and the sooner they realise what impact they can have on their journeys, the smoother the transition to sustainable and shared mobility will be.

Why are you submitting this challenge?

Mpact is committed to creating a mobility system that no longer assumes autosolism and focuses on liveability, accessibility and sustainability. A Tribe Called Transport encourages students to find solutions to their mobility issues. Through this challenge, we challenge them to make their campus more accessible and improve the mobility experience on the way to and from campus.

By choosing this challenge, the students can also participate in an international student challenge in which other universities also take part. A selection will be made from the various projects and the selected groups will then present their project during the online final in December 2021. An international jury will choose the winners, who will receive a prize. This international student challenge is therefore a nice extra for the students who choose this challenge. More information about the international student challenge can be found here: https://en.atribecalledtransport.be/challenge-en

In what ways have there been attempts to solve this problem?

Fortunately, the awareness that our current mobility system needs to change is growing. Young people are already thinking differently about mobility and are less attached to the private car. According to research by A Tribe Called Transport, 72.1% of students does not think it is important to own a car. In addition, you can already see various universities and colleges thinking differently about parking and mobility. Various campaigns and actions decreasing the paved surface have already led to more space for a green and social campus. Mpact also supports this shift by encouraging students to look at mobility differently and encourages them to use active transport modes, to take public transport or – if there is no other option than to take the car – to carpool.

What are the next steps that need to be taken?

This challenge can be viewed from different angles. On the one hand, existing mobility options can be made better known. On the other hand, new and innovative concepts can be rolled out that can reinforce the shift to a different mobility. The students can therefore focus on different tracks: launching a communication campaign, developing an app, planning infrastructural measures, etc. It is important that the students take into account at least two elements from the acronym FACES. FACES stands for ‘for everyone’, ‘automated/autonomous’, ‘connected’, ‘electric’ and ‘shared’. These concepts are seen as the building blocks of our future mobility system.

Practicalities

Timing

1st semester

Language

English

Limitations end result

The result may be used by the students and the organisation without being made public.

Available budget

No budget is foreseen.

Distance learning possible

Yes

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