Since autumn, 2016 researchers from wide-ranging fields headed by CycleCompetence member Z_GIS (University of Salzburg) have been working on solutions to promote active, healthy commuter mobility. Before the project ends in autumn 2018 we offer a brief update and an expert summit was held on 5 July in Salzburg. The project GISMO (Geographical Information Support for Healthy Mobility) researches the health effects of actively commuting to work. It also seeks to establish the best routes to achieve the greatest travel efficiency at a minimum of activity. Further, it is researched with which measures these health effects can best be achieved in a mobility management at the workplace.
Interactive web demonstrator
Currently the different areas of research are being brought together and edited into an interactive web demonstrator. A beta version was presented this year at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) to national and international experts (Report). The received feedback was included in a new and improved version.
This was now presented to experts from the fields of company mobility management and workplace health promotion in Salzburg yesterday.
Screencast of the information platform of GISMO
Models for assessing environments and optimizing routings
What makes up this tool for optimizing routes, calculating the health effect and supporting the creation of measures? Based on the assumption that mobility decisions are mainly influenced by the physical surroundings and the WHO recommendations on physical activity the researchers at Z_GIS and the studio iSPACE at the Research Studios Austria developed spatial models for assessing environments and optimizing routes. Tools were created to assess the road space focusing on pedestrian and cyclist friendliness and to determine the quality of links to public transports. (Results will be presented on the international expert conference GI-Forum).
The routing optimization is based on functionalities provided by the traffic information system “Verkehrsauskunft Österreich” (VAO). Instead of generic mobility recommendations the developed approach allows commuters to get individual route optimization. Depending on the place of residence and the place of work and considering the available options intermodal route recommendations including at least 10 minutes of physical activity are suggested. In a second step these recommendations will be linked to parameters on the expected health effect.
Basis for information for workplace mobility management
These statistical measures were collected during a clinical intervention study. In it 50 test persons (plus an additional 20 test subjects in a control group), who primarily use their car to get to work, were motivated to switch to active commuting via targeted measures as part of a workplace mobility management. Before and after the one-year period of observation the test persons had a medical check. In between the commuter mobility was documented via diary and fitness watches equipped with GPS. From this health effects of the various measures or respectively the commuter behavior can be deducted. The detailed data evaluation will be available in autumn 2018.
For companies and also commuters to take advantage of this potential recommendations for measures including possible subsidies in Austria were included in the information platform. Overall, the platform offers a very comprehensive basis for information for workplace mobility management and health promotion. The integration of various dimensions as well as the specific spatial analysis and the individualized routing optimization are important innovations.
Link to the project-website HERE.