Great for the climate
Going to school the environmentally-friendly way - thats what school students in Wieselburg do every day.
In Wieselburg, the school contest "Prima fürs Klima - ohne Gaspedal durch das Erlauftal" (roughly: Great for the Climate - Car-Free Through the Erlauf Valley) was developed primarily with one goal in mind, namely to reduce car traffic in front of schools. Every child who walked, rode his / her bicycle or took the bus to school coloured in a dot on the regional map. The class that managed to colour in all of their dots first won a prize, the top prize being a travel voucher for theAustrian Federal Railways for the whole class. So far a total of 900 school children in elementary, middle and secondary schools have taken part, learning more than how to navigate their way in street traffic. Taking the environmentally friendly route to school was also healthier and helped promote the childrens social skills. The childrens parents also learned a great deal - a positive side effect that shouldn't be underestimated. The contest can be adapted to accommodate any region. In fact, two neighbouring municipalities have already followed Wieselburgs example.
Picture credit: Municipality of Wieselburg