I have been in Rome!! It was amazing! In Italy the Traffic Snake Game has the lovely name “Annibale, il serpente sostenibile”.
Lorenzo and Emanuela from Euromoility showed me around. Together we presented the Traffic Snake Game to the headmasters of all primary schools in the third district of Rome.
After that I cycled with Lorenzo to the National Conference on Mobility Management and Sustainable Mobility.
During an after-lunch-meeting named “A coffee with Annibale” we explained how the game is played. It was nice meeting mobility professionals while drinking (or sipping!) Italian expresso.
After my stay in Italy, I went directly to Slovenia, which is not at all far from here.
The end of September I visited the town of Třinec and met two schools playing the Traffic Snake Game (in Czech called “Oblékáme hada Edu”).
Třinec is an important industrial and cultural centre in the Moravian-Silesian Region in the north-east of the Czech Republic, close to the Polish border and also near to the border with Poland. The town is notable for its ironworks, Třinecké železárny – Moravia Steel. It is the largest steel making company in the Czech Republic and still has a major impact on the town and on its character.
Together with the school kids I learned a lot about traffic signs and rules, and we rode bicycles, scooters and pedal cars in the playground.
The schools organised an art contest for the pupils. The children from the school Kaštanová drew very nice pictures on the theme ‘A day without cars’.
Everyone was excited to meet me and were having their pictures taken with me.
What a pity I had to leave this nice country after this second visit. Hope to visit the Czech republic soon another time.
Some more news about my stay in the Czech republic.
I had the honour of visiting the biggest Czech critical mass ride called ‘Nakoleon’, which took place in the city of Brno.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and an administrative centre of the South Moravian Region. The city lies at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers and has about 400,000 inhabitants (its greater metropolitan area is home to more than 800,000 people). Brno is also an important centre of higher education, with 33 faculties belonging to 13 institutes of higher learning and about 89,000 students.
‘Nakoleon’ is organised every year by a civil initiative ‘Brno na kole’ and this year more than 1,400 attendees arrived by bike. I have met aome candidates for Mayor of the city of Brno in the upcoming elections and some other initiatives of sustainable urban transport, such as the first Czech car-sharing organisation ‘Autonapůl’ or the bike-sharing initiative Rekola. I also discovered a great charity project called ‘Kola pro Afriku’ (Bicycles for Africa), which aims to give children access to education.
Soon some more stories from my long stay in the Czech Republic.
After my two day trip in the Czech Republic, I went to Brasov in Romania. Some schools were playing the Traffic Snake Game during my time there and I paid them a visit immediately after my arrival. They were all so kind and excited to meet me. I was glad to meet my brother, Oscar the Romanian Traffic Snake there too.
Brasov is a beautiful city, situated in the centre of Romania, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Having a charming old centre with medieval history and German influences, Brasov is exciting because it provides an interesting mix between the attractive site of Tampa Mountain and the dynamic modern part of the city. I visited Brasov ZOO, one of the most beautiful zoos in Romania, sheltering a great variety of species of animals, most of them domestic. This was such a fun experience. And I even got my moment of fame back there. While visiting the TSG schools in Brasov, I was interviewed by the local TV channel. I told them that I am visiting every country where schools are playing TSG and how excited I am to meet all those children and my younger brothers in those countries.
For Romania, I had something special in mind as well. We offered all the children postcards with the salute of each country involved in the campaign, asking them to send it to a close friend in order to tell the story of the game and their nice experiences. Some of them even promised to send their postcard to Oscar, to let him know what great results they have obtained while playing the Traffic Snake Game.
It’s been a busy period lately, with all those countries to visit. Therefore, it took me a while to find some time to update the blog. Nonetheless am I very excited to tell you about my latest travels!
About two weeks ago I went to the lovely Czech Republic. It was during the European Mobility Week, on the 16th and 17th of September. Although it was a short visit, I enjoyed it very much. I stayed in the city of Zlín, in the South-East of the country. The region is a crossroad for the ethnographic boundaries of the Wallachian, Hana and Moravian Slovak regions. On my first day, I visited an event for school children in the traffic playground in Zlín-Malenovice. On the second day, we went to the Dřevnice river in the center of the city where an entertainment morning for children was organized.