We identified problems, planned actions, researched and observed. We decided that the best theme for our project would be the safety behaviors of the users of a large avenue next to our school.
Delta College's theme for 2017 is "Sustainability". For us, participating in the urban mobility and traffic safety project meant identifying and analyzing problems that happen on our way home. We identified problems, planned actions, researched and observed. We decided that the best theme for our project would be the safety behaviors of the users of a large avenue next to our school. We developed conceptual maps, introduced them to our colleagues and had an intervention with pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. We worked hard, but it's still just the beginning; everything we produce will be exhibited at the Sustainability Fair open to the public on June 10th, 2017, at which time we will have a large intervention with our families and other people who daily use Brás Leme Avenue in Sao Paulo.
We started our urban mobility and traffic safety project at Delta with a meeting between our physical education teacher and the pedagogical coordinator to discuss the theme and problem to be addressed. Our school is located near Brás Leme, a large avenue whose central area was converted into a linear park conducive to the practice of physical activities with a hiking trail, bike path, points equipped with weight machines and green areas for leisure.
Considering that Brás Leme Avenue is a place used by cars, buses and motorcycles, which often compete for space with bicycles and pedestrians, we decided on the theme, "Safety behaviors between cyclists and drivers of motor vehicles on Avenida Brás Leme", to promote awareness activities in our local community.
From our observations about the coexistence between cyclists and drivers on Avenida Brás Leme, we developed the project in weekly stages. In the first week, we left the school and walked alongside the bike path observing the behavior of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. In the second week of the project, we discussed the problems that we identified and concluded that the environment of the school has an excellent structure for urban mobility, but users did not participate in educational actions on safety behaviors to increase the coexistence between different modalities of transportation.
In the third week we produced large posters with concept maps presenting data on individual and collective means of transport for sustainable options. In the following weeks, the groups presented their projects to the other students, and the 3rd year students participated in an intervention on Avenida Brás Leme dressed in outfits representing different professions, where they approached pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in order to guide them about safety behaviors and peaceful coexistence in traffic.