Route2School app shows safest way to school
The Institute for Mobility of the Hasselt University has developed an app for parents and school children to find the safest way to school. Route2School, as the app is called, has to do something about the unsafe feeling that four out of ten children have.
Kipling, the well-known brand of school bags, already studied the safety problem via research bureau iVOX. It discovered that 80% of school children between 6 and 14 years old are afraid of traffic. And four out of ten feel unsafe on their way to school.
Another remarkable aspect is that parents consider traffic more dangerous than it used to be. That is why two out of three bring their children to school by car, even for short distances. Parents are worried, and their fear is pertinent: four out of ten children involved in traffic accidents are on their way to and from school.
The Route2School app was developed in close cooperation with 70 cities and communities, 760 schools, and parents. “The more information we collect, the better,” says Davy Janssens of the Institute for Mobility of the University of Hasselt. “The involved parties all have their responsibilities, Jannsens explains. “Local authorities are responsible for infrastructure; schools and parents for education.”
The app already resulted in several measures, like the introduction of a 30-kph zone. The result is a map with a green indication for safe roads, orange for less safe routes, and red for dangerous traffic zones. The app is not a navigation tool to be precise. It gives a map with an overview, and it’s up to parents and children to choose the best way to school.