Prague, a city where public transport is loved by locals

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Written by Heyder Ribeiro
??????????As part of the Y4PT collaboration with AEGEE in the  project Europe on Track II, I went to Czech Republic to meet the Blue Team ambassadors (Javier Castillo, Wessel Reijers and Yana Brovdij)  during their stay in Prague. Together, we visited the depot of Prague’s main tube line to have a closer look into one of Europe’s best public transport systems. Also, at  Vysoké škole ekonomické v Praze (University of Economics) we had the opportunity to meet young European students, and for a couple of hours, talk about some matters that will shape Europe’s future.

There is a lot to tell and to ensure that you will not miss any bit of this adventure, I will divide this experience in 3 different short articles. So let´s get started.

As an Y4PT representative I aimed to observe and experience Prague’s public transport from the perspective of a visitor, which was my case. But also I wanted to get the impressions of the locals; the ones who move around town on a daily basis. At last, with the help of Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy (Prague’s public transport company), I intended to have a better understanding of the logistics and challenges involved on keeping public transport working 24 hours a day. 

In order to prepare myself for this challenge, my trip to Prague started before my departure. But when I sat down to study some basic words in Czech, and search more about the city I was going to visit, I wasn’t expecting to read in a traveller’s guide book, things such as: “We (Prague citizens) are very proud of our awesome public transport” or: “Be like us, and use our public transport!” It sounded amazing to see locals proudly encouraging the use of their public transport, because I can’t think of a cheaper and more efficient way of promoting public transport.

So with some good tips written in my notebook and great expectations, I left to Prague.

More than 4000 Km in 4 days

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Carbon_footprint_status_14-04The ambassadors of Europe on Track are in their 4th day of travelling and they have already travelled more than 4 000 km around Europe.

In order to reduce the environmental impact of their travel, the ambassadors are not only trying to use the sustainable means of transport, but also measuring their carbon footprint.

But what is Carbon Footprint?

In a nutshell, Carbon Footprint is the shorthand to describe the best estimate that we can get of the full climate change impact of something. That something could be anything – an activity, an item, a lifestyle, a company, a country or even the whole world.

As we know, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the modern age and reducing the carbon emissions is one of the main solutions for this issue.

Impacts of mobility in health

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This year, Y4PT has launched the “Y4PT International HealthYMobilitY Year 2014-2015“. During the month of March 2014, the HealthYMobilitY Event Week encouraged people around the world to move by using public transport, cycling and/or walking and to share the experience filling up the online survey.

This campaign represents only the start of many more actions to be created from now till the Y4PT Worldwide Youth Summit that will take place in Milan 2015, during the UITP Worldwide Congress and Worldwide Expo with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

At ecomovilidad.net, Spanish partner in this campaign, there are some interesting articles analysing the relationship between mobility, environment and health. Below you can find a summary, but you can read the full articles (Spanish version) at ecomovilidad.net.

Moving for Change at SenseFiction

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Some representatives from Y4PT Belgium & EU had the great opportunity to take part  in a workshop for entrepreneurs called SenseFiction event and organised by MakeSense Brussels.

Social entrepreneurs presented their interesting projects in different fields such as youth employment and environmental sustainability. All these ideas were a great inspiration for us. On our side we have presented the concept of the Moving for Change project to tackle Congestion and Pollution in Brussels which was widely welcomed by the participants.

The real work started by discussing in small groups on how to tackle the problems that each project is trying to solve. The discussion was definitely productive for our project as our concept was refined and complemented.

We are now ready to start putting our ideas into actions! Follow us in this movement!