MELINDA’s MOBILITY PILOT STORIES
With the beginning of New Year, we are starting with presentations of our PILOT PROJECT STORIES.
Our first story is located in GREATER LYON, FRANCE.
Pilot project »Health as an incentive for raising awareness and motivation for active mobility« is supporting 50 volunteers who committed themselves to change their commuting behaviours, in order to increase their life quality by using active modes (walking and cycling). Selected participants are supported with meetings, 2 medical visits, follow-up questionnaires.
Interview with VOLUNTEER: Annie C. from Lyon, November 2020
Why did you decide to participate in the pilot project? (Motives, values, needs…)
I signed up to this scheme because I had been trying to motivate myself to combine public transport and walking for my commute to work. The 1,000 Kilometres scheme seemed to be in keeping with that, and so I thought, why not?
Did you learn anything new participating in the pilot project? (new data, new people, new network, about yourself)
It requires a degree of persistence, and it’s easy to get caught up in the game of wanting to walk and doing your steps. Personally, it’s tough for me to stay focused and to keep going, to persist even when it’s harder to motivate yourself, like now in November with the lockdown and winter on the way. I now manage to get in at least 6,000 steps every day, and sometimes a lot more! It’s really not a problem for me.
Did your mobility habits change to more sustainable mobility choices due to participation in the pilot project?
I would really like to be able to combine public transport and walking for my commute to and from work. Unfortunately, even at rush hour, there are only 2 buses an hour, which isn’t enough, especially in the mornings. I live 7 km away from my work and the bus leaves an hour before I get there, so I only do it every now and then.
I do my walking every evening when I get back from work, at least half an hour or an hour. I go walking at the weekend and have stopped using my car for short journeys. I also go on short hikes. I want to be more active.
Interview with VOLUNTEER: Barka D-H from Lyon, November 2020
1. Why did you decide to participate in the pilot project? (Motives, values, needs…)
I used to do quite a lot of sport before falling seriously ill. I underwent lengthy treatment for cancer and then I had to build myself back up again. That took 7 years, during which time I couldn’t properly do any sport without hurting myself. So when I heard about this scheme, it seemed to me like a good way of gently easing myself back into appropriate physical activity.
2. Did you learn anything new participating in the pilot project? (new data, new people, new network, about yourself)
Not particularly, apart from the fact that this EU scheme exists and that it’s a good challenge. But the real benefit is that there’s more motivation when you're doing something together.
3. Did your mobility habits changed to more sustainable mobility choices due to participation in the pilot project?
Yes, I pay more attention to how I get about, mostly for my health, but also for the environment.