- AENEAS Measure #2
Travel information, electronic devices and
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participants get lots of useful information, develop
practical skills, and also have fun!
were very positive about the trainings, which was also taken
up by the local media
There is a large amount of information about being and staying mobile.
But often, much of this information is only be accessible through
modern technologies like the internet and mobile
phones. This is especially the case when you are searching for more
specialised information, such as sustainable mobility.
Our experience is that a lot of older citizens who have an active
lifestyle are not familiar with these technologies and have problems to
operate a ticketing machine or plan their trips through the
Over 300 participants were trained in internet use for
sustainable transport planning
In this context, the main goal of our courses was to enable older passengers to
use the internet to get information about mobility services or even
buy tickets, make train reservations and use car sharing.
The groups were rather small - around 12 persons - and participants
were allowed to use individual computers, so the working sessions
were very efficient. Each course was divided into five sessions of
two hours each, amounting to ten hours in total.
The course included lessons about a CO2 calculator of different
transport modes, links for interesting mobility web pages in
Munich, travel information via mobile phone, route planning with
Google Earth, a virtual ticketing machine exercise and renting a
public bike and car. All lessons where combined with exercises
either in the course or at home.
A key condition for implementation was an already existing and
well-known IT training centre for older people, namely the
Mediencenter 50plus in Munich. Also teaching senior citizens needs
special skills because the information has to be organised in small, easy-to-recognize and remember chapters.
Green City, a Munich-based environmental
organisation was in charge of organising the internet courses. It supported
the courses by providing trainers in
energy-efficient mobility. Green City further also supported the courses
by enhancing their publicity.
The internet courses were very popular among the participants.
The average age was 67 years. 78% of the participants were women and 22%
men. The majority hardly used the internet to plan their trips
before but will use it more often after experienced in this