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Kézai Petra Kinga tanulmánya megjelent a Lengyel Tudományos Akadémia Europa XXI című folyóiratában


Sustainable urban mobility programs

that serve as active travel to school programs in Hungary:

The case of Pedibus and Bicibus


Petra Kinga Kézai


Europa XXI (2024) vol. 46, pp. 2 | Full text


In the context of modern, sustainable urban development, various socio-technical innovations have proliferated in response to urban challenges, offering well-defined solutions. Since the 1970s, the so-called ‘backseat generation’, a group of children whose parents drive them to school daily, has emerged in developed countries, particularly in urban areas. This phenomenon has many adverse effects on children, the environment, and urban spaces. The present study addresses the issue of urban transport management, in particular, the issue of daily active transport to school. Based on literature analysis, it aims to present good international examples, such as the pedibus and the bicycle bus, which emphasize local values and resources in the light of the ‘slow city’ concept. The study concludes with a presentation and evaluation of the pilot programs (Pedibus in Gödöllő and Bicibus in Pécs) that have been established in Hungary in recent years. These programs provide a supervised, safe, group-based solution for school children and their families to get to school and build community between different generations.

Keywords: active travel to school, bicycle bus, community mobility, community organization, pedibus, ‘slow city’ concept, sustainable urban mobility, urban mobility, walking school bus