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dc.contributor.author Cullinane, Kay
dc.contributor.author Cosgrove, Tom
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-02T13:37:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-02T13:37:40Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4673
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract As 'Ireland's Smarter Travel Demonstration City' Limerick is charged with piloting ways to convince its citizens to move around their city in a more sustainable way, in particular to walk, cycle and use public transport more. The project is funded by the Department of Transport with EU support and implemented by a multi-disciplinary team of University of Limerick (UL) researchers and Limerick Local Authority staff. Behaviour change programs tend to focus on a few behavioural change theories which gained ground in the 1980s. Many theories explain the behaviour change process in terms of several cyclical stages. Limerick Smarter Travel (LST) is adopting the ‘Seven Doors Social Marketing Approach,’ which defines each stage in terms of the type of obstacle to be overcome. This model for behaviour change assigns different types of intervention according to the stage of readiness of the individual or community. The LST team works with the community in the design of infrastructure principally walking and cycling routes. This facilitates a new type of participatory planning to meet the felt needs of the community. This generates goodwill and trust that further benefits the project. LST collaborates with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and works closely with An Taisce and with relevant disciplines within UL. LST is working with the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) to link health and wellbeing initiatives with the project. LST has recruited 30 local champions to take on a ‘20 Weeks of Change’ challenge to incorporate Smarter Travel into their daily routine and to measure the impact on their health and well-being. This element of the LST project offers huge potential to link with national health and education policy and broaden the vision for Smarter Travel. This paper describes the development and implementation of community engagement, design, and education in Smarter Travel. LST is laying the foundations for long term change whose implications for local government practice, the built environment and the health and well-being of local communities will only become apparent over decades. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Transport Research Network en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ITRN 2013 Conference;
dc.subject Smarter Travel en_US
dc.subject transport en_US
dc.subject sustainable transport en_US
dc.subject sustainable cities en_US
dc.title Engaging communities for sustainable behaviour change in Limerick City en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Dept. of Transport, Ireland en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor European Commission en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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