Eurobike

Project Aims and Results

Summary of the project:

Eurobike, a manifold European project focusing on ecology/the environment and a sustainable society.

The partnership between the applying schools from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and Slovakia is based on a project with ecological focus;

 

the main aim is to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation for daily use, sports and tourism. This will be done by awareness building measures in schools, but also in cooperation with the municipalities.

 

Through a thorough study of transportation habits followed by comparison and evaluation we aim to get an overview of the results and work out common strategies to make the use of bicycles – and road safety – more attractive to young people. The bike has a very different significance to the partner schools.

 

The mobilities, project meetings and teacher exchanges, should make it possible to reach our common project goal by learning from each other and by finding common measures. The use of ICT and the internet (E-mail communication, creating a project website with a communication platform, social networks like Facebook and Twitter), will guarantee ongoing cooperation.

 

Sports activities and health aspects are of crucial importance, however, the students should also use the chance to present their home areas from a touristic aspect. The fact that the proportion of students with migration background is relatively high in participating schools will also play a role in the project.

 

AIMS – more detailed

  • The project aims at a change of the awareness concerning environment and mobility behaviour of all those people who have a connection to schools. What’s more, the planned activities should have a multiplier effect and influence society outside of schools.
  • The participating institutions want to be perceived as European schools which constantly exchange ideas and experience. The use of E-Twinning in the regular school system could enable cross-border class partnerships.
  • The promotion of sports activities (cycling) is a crucial aspect. In order to make teachers “euro-fit”, there will be English language courses.
  • Teaching methods should be exchanged in a multilateral transfer. There is also an intention to organise language courses in the national languages of the participants.
  • Travelling exhibitions will advertise cycling tourism of the home countries of the partner schools.

Possible topics and issues for lessons: (in all kinds of subjects) and in the project: calculation of savings in CO²-emissions, dangers of global warming, economic chances due to climate protection, health and sports, awareness concerning dangers of pollution and presentation of alternative energies in media products (website, students’ magazines, brochures, Facebook).

  • By means of the cooperation of local and regional media and cooperation with municipalities and regional institutions the topic of the project should be presented to the public. (e.g. in Austria: Klimabuendnis-, Radland-Initiative of the province of Lower Austria, in Belgium council initiatives to promote bike and public transport (Civitas). “Council of Gent project – repair service council bikes – Kattenberg, in Sweden Cooperation with Cykelfrämjandet (local, regional and national biking association) to promote good planning of bike posssibilities in the neighbouring towns, Vänersborg/Trollhättan.
  • A further aim is the better integration of students with migration background; this might be easier on an international, multicultural level.Strategy: by extensive information of students and teachers many will be interested in the topic and encouraged to participate.
  • The use of modern means of communication and also uploading photos/posters (like Facebook) should improve the image of bikes with young people.
  • Surveys and statistical data will show people’s attitudes and illustrate if there will be any changes in awareness or behaviour at the end of the project.

 

Statistics: Since this might be difficult to compare in any other way, we will use the same questionnaire that we used in Austria plus some more questions also considering the environment, in all participating schools twice. The questions will be in a google docs survey that Karin will put together and also as a handout that you can use during events in town or at school.

The first time the survey will take place is during the autumn term – or at a special kick-off event at school – 2011. Deadline 15 December 2011 so we can put the results together too.

The second time we will use the same questions for a final survey to see whether there has been any changes. This survey should take place in each participating school and perhaps during a final event that we decide together. Deadline 15 June 2013 so we can put these results together too for the final report.

In between the project meeting in Ybbs in October 2011 and the meeting in Gent in February 2012:

Schools will carry through the first survey, exchange ideas, experiences, good examples concerning every day use of bikes in the towns on the Internet.

 

Final results Suggestion:

Eurobike Photobook: documentation from beginning to end of the project

Statistics presentation

 

Mobilities

24 minimum

  • 4 adults
  • 20 students

 

Project meetings 2012-2013:

2012:

12-16 Feb Gent, Belgium

Project week at school so it would be ideal for a Comenius meeting

Arrival Sunday 12 Feb, departure Thursday 16 Feb (3 full days at school).

 

13-17 May Vänersborg, Sweden (Sunday-Thursday)

Outdoor activities, cycling, canoe, camping

 

June Where??? Physical or Virtual place

Teacher evaluation meeting preparing for half time report (deadline 30/6 for each country)

Important to put in our report that we weren’t able to carry through all the teacher exchanges

 

17-21 Sep Venlo, the Netherlands

15-23 Sept Biking world championship Valkenburg (5 km from Maastricht)

Preferably arrival Saturday 15 since 16 there are activities in Limburg in connection with the World Championship. Also exhibition of flowers the s.c. Floriade in Venlo

 

14-18 Oct Zdunska Wola, Poland three days at school s

 

2013:

March Ziar nad Hronom, Slovakia

Bike Science/Sarlota will come up with a topic together with her colleagues

 

5-11 May Zagreb, Croatia Vienna-Graz-Maribor-Zagreb 490 km Click the link to see the map!

Hans organizes together with Marko and Vedrana

Would count as one mobility – to Croatia, Zagreb

 

Vienna arrival -overnight at youth hostel?biking though town -Train across the mountain in Styria, Train along the Danube- Graz, Bike Graz-Maribor 60 km, Train Maribor border with Croatia- biking to Zagreb and the Croatian students will join to bike toegther into the centre of Zagreb, Einfach raus Train ticket 35 EUR / 5 persons Vienna-Graz, 5 working days

 

end May/beginning June 2013 Ybbs an der Donau, AT

Final evaluation meeting in Ybbs an der Donau, Austria

Only for one teacher (maybe two if we have money left???)

 

How many students/teachers for each meeting

4 students

1 teacher

 

For the teacher exchanges:

A google document will be created with the periods when it’s possible/ideal for each school to host a colleague from another country during 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

 

We all decided that the teacher exchanges should take place if there is money to carry them through.

 

Documentation:

From Ybbs and other project meetings it’s important to share with all participating countries:

  • each country’s presentations
  • result of workshop groups
  • pictures/photos/slide shows, exhibitions etc produced during the meeting

How can we share in a good way?

 

GOOGLE DOCS for working on the same documents for ideas, preparation

EUROBIKE - a closed Facebook group is created for sharing pictures, documents and for keeping in touch!

 

Comenius Application

Here you can download our Comenius Application (pdf, 1.7 MB)

 

Eurobike Progress Report

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LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME

COMENIUS

Progress report form 2011 for Partnerships

(grant agreement period 1.8.2011 – 31.7.2013)

Projekttitel: EUROBIKE

Projektnummer: 2011-1-AT1-COM06-04905 1

 

 

Please send this report to your National Agency, duly completed and signed by the 30th of June 2012 as requested in Article 7 (Monitoring, Evaluation and Control) of your Grant Agreement. The report will be used by your National Agency for monitoring purposes.

 

 

Other participating institutions / organisations (name and country)

 

A part from your own school

  1. Höhere technische Lehranstalt für Informationstechnologie der Stadtgemeinde Ybbs an der Donau, Austria
  2. Fridagymnasiet, Vänesborg, Sweden
  3. Valuascollege, Venlo, The Netherlands
  4. Gymnázium Milana Rúfusa, Ziar nad Hronom, Slovakia
  5. I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Kazimierz Wielkiego, Zdunska Wola, Poland
  6. Prirodoslovna skola Vladimira Preloga, Zagreb, Croatia
  7. Atheneum Wispelberg annex Freinet Atheneum de Wingerd, Gent, Belgium

Silent partner without financial support from the EU: Zavod Antona Martina Slomska, Maribor, Slovenia

 

 

Partnership content

 

1. Please describe briefly the Partnership activities undertaken and the results achieved so far:

One of the main aims of the project was for all partner schools to share their knowledge and experience of cycling, their culture and attitude towards it as well as the respective development of infrastructure and bikes themselves. Since the partner countries are widely spread geographically and with very diverse biking experience this has been a challenge. We have reached our goal for this year through the following activities:

Survey on google to see the attitude towards biking and the environment as well as the everyday use of bikes in the participating countries. This was made in order to have a “before” and “after” documentation to see whether the project has had an impact on participating students and staff at the project end in July 2013.

Exhibitions in participating schools and also digitally with information about partner schools with useful links.

The creation of a closed Facebook group named EUROBIKE where students and staff keep in touch and post relevant information and documentation in an easy and safe manner.

The use of E-twinning to start up cooperation within the Eurobike project.

Creation of webpage for project information and documentation on www.sandkorn.net

Cooperation locally and regionally with municipalities/regions as well as different environmental organisations and biking associations.

Teaching at school: Implementing project ideas and put them into practice in the classes, e.g.:

PE: biking classes, spinning classes and health education

Natural Science: The CO2effect on the environment, comparison cars-bikes

Business: Logistics when building a school and how to create better possibilities for biking in everyday life and also for tourism

Meetings :

Planning meeting in Ybbs an der Donau, Austria to draw up the guidelines for the year and to see how you can promote the everyday use of the bikes in smaller communities and also to get an insight in biking tourism along the Danube. International group workshops to plan for project activities and bike trips. On the occasion of a biking tour along the Danube 5 local mayors have been invited to participate with their communities in a common bike event in May 2012 which was realized with great success.

Project meeting in Gent, Belgium combining biking in the city and biking in the countryside with information from the municipality about how they work to achieve a better bike environment in the city. Group workshops on measures to promote biking and also cultural group activities, velodrome biking and bike shop visits.

Project meeting in Vänersborg, Sweden combining biking in town and on tourist specific routes with lectures from the bike association about the environmentally friendly energy sources and good bike routes to discover them. Lessons about the Swedish “Allemansrätt” = The right to public access and environmental protection. Media workshops to produce Eurobike “movie trailers” and posters about national biking possibilities.

In the schools:

Preparations before each meeting: surveys, preparations for workshops and the making of presentations to be held at the project meetings.

After the meetings:The students who participated in meetings of the project gave several presentations inside the school of the meeting activities and the difference in cycling culture in Europe.

Other activities:

At all schools, different events to promote biking and increase awareness about environmental issues in connection to giving information about the Eurobike project.

Student exchange between Sweden and the Netherlands in September/April. Two Swedish students cycled from Vänersborg to Venlo!

Teacher exchange between Sweden and Belgium in October/April

Coordinator evaluation meeting in Sweden in June

2. What problems/obstacles have you met in the implementation of the Partnership, if any? How have these problems been they solved?

For most parts it has been a very smooth cooperation between the countries through the use of digital media, google shared docs, surveys, Skype meetings etc. for communication, information, evaluation although it can still be developed further – which our aim is for next year. We have also developed really good personal cooperation and communication during project meetings which has had excellent spin-off effects once at home again on the ongoing cooperation. It has taken some time to achieve communication efficiency and for everyone to use shared google docs and at times communication and information has been slow but this is something we are working on to overcome, mostly by email reminders and trying to make everyone understand the need for speedy replies to urgent matters and the importance of meeting set deadlines.

3. Mobility activities initially planned

Minimum number of mobilities planned (please tick as appropriate)

o 4

o 8

o 12

x 24

o Reduced number of mobilities ___

4. Mobilities carried out between 1.8.2011 and 30.6 2012 (add rows if necessary) To be filled out by each school

Mobility description Nr of participating staff[1] Number of participating pupils/trainees/learners

Belgium/Gent (project meeting)

2

4

Sweden/Vänersborg (project meeting)

1

4

Sweden/Vänersborg

(coordinator evaluation meeting)

1

Total number of mobilities:

4

8

5. Number of mobilities to be carried out by 31.7.2013:

Staff:

10

Pupils/Trainees/Learners:

16

6. Grantholder’s declaration to be signed by the person legally authorised to sign on behalf of your institution/organisation and by the Partnership contact person in your institution/organisation:

“We, the undersigned, certify that the information contained in this Progress Report is correct to the best of our knowledge.”

Date: 25th of June 2012

Place: Ybbs

Name and position of the contact person:

Hans Müller (Teacher)

Signature of the contact person:

Date: 25th of June 2012

 

[1] Including any persons accompanying participants with special needs