Why worry about our travel? French people are spending more and more time travelling, especially between home and work. Although students generally use the car less than employees, it is often the preferred mode of travel over public transport or cycling among all segments of the population. These two factors, combined with the constant increase in fuel prices, make daily travel a source of stress, inactivity, significant financial expense and pollution. Faced with these observations, which are not lost on students and employees of the University of Aix-Marseille, it was decided to launch a Mobility Plan in order to become a responsible campus.
2. The general objectives
The Mobility Plan aims both to promote the use of alternative modes of transport to the private car, such as public transport, carpooling, cycling and walking, but also to reduce, if possible, the number of trips required for study or professional activity at the University. Whether you are a student or an employee, the benefits can be many:
- Reduction in the financial costs of our travel, mainly related to the fuel needed to use a car
- Improve our overall health by increasing physical activity during our daily journeys (walking and cycling) and limiting air pollution.
- Development of a user-friendly mutual aid network through carpooling
- Reducing stress by trying to reduce our travel time: better accessibility of sites, decongestion of roads
- Commitment to civic behaviour to limit climate change phenomena. This commitment is all the stronger if we were to participate in the development of the action plan or if you wish to become "mobility ambassadors" for your university site.
The Mobility Plan has included in its reflections both the staff and students of these sites as well as visitors. Finally, we were mainly concerned with travel between home and university sites, but we also analysed inter-site travel.
The new action plan since 2017
3. Analysis of our transport habits
In November 2012, the first diagnostic phase is completed. This diagnosis is based on field visits to several sites, geolocation of staff and students, and a mobility survey of a panel of students and staff. The campuses analysed to date are those of the former "Université de Provence" perimeter because the study was commissioned from the Indigo design office before the merger of the University. However, the university wishes to extend the analysis to its entire current scope. Below is a summary of the main elements observed.
4. Get involved in the process - share your ideas
The Mobility Plan is a large-scale project. Aix-Marseille University has called on the services of a design office, INDDIGO, to assist it in carrying out the inventory and creating the action plan. This project is managed by the Sustainable Development Department of Aix-Marseille University. But this study alone is not enough, it is important to take into account the voices of future users, who will benefit from the improvements made by the project. We need your testimonials in order to learn about your travel habits, your needs, the problems you encounter on a journey, share your ideas, your projects...
Sustainable Development Department
Marseille centre campus - Saint Charles site
3 place Victor Hugo - box n°28
13331 Marseille cedex 03