The ADEME and Sophia Club Entreprises, in conjunction with the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community Authority and numerous partners organised the 3rd edition of the Mobility Challenge on Thursday 20 September 2018.
Year 3 of the Mobility Challenge at Sophie Antipolis saw it make a real step change. As a result, it now stands head and shoulders above other Challenges organised elsewhere in France, in much bigger areas. Originally, the event was introduced as part of the Sophia Inter-Company Mobility Plan (involving 15 organisations) with a modest, yet not insignificant, 26 taking part in 2016.
2 years later, almost 100 organisations (93) employing 16,400 staff entered, resulting in a 43% rise on 2017. All types of organisations took part, from small associations, local authorities and academic establishments to large firms with more than 3,500 employees. In 2018, 2,246 employees entered (a 54% rise on 2017 when 1,450 employees took part), walking, cycling, taking public transport or car-sharing,
while almost 300 made an extra effort to work from home using teleworking arrangements. On 20 September, Sophia Antipolis-based organisations showed their staff could commute to the technology park other than by car. and together accounted for 70,000 km.
On Thursday 21 September 2017, the Ademe and Sophia Club Entreprises, supported by the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community Authority and numerous partners, organised the 2nd Mobility Challenge.
Again, the second edition of the Challenge at Sophia Antipolis far exceeded its objectives. 65 organisations of all sizes took part in this burgeoning celebration of mobility, marking a 150% rise on 2016. 1,453 employees took up the challenge compared to 850 in 2016, accounting for a 76% increase in numbers. In addition to walking, cycling, taking public transport or car-sharing, 150 of them making an extra effort to work from home. In total, participants amassed some 45,700 km using alternative forms of transport.
In 2017, car-sharing was strongly encouraged and as in 2016, 35% of participants drove to work with colleagues. A quarter of the competitors (23%) opted to bike to work in the good weather, while 14% took the bus. Finally, the main change worth noting was that 10% of participants chose to work from home (4% in 2016). This option means no traffic jams, arriving late or any danger, plus 0 pollution too. Working from home is increasingly popular and might be worth mainstreaming.
One of the main sources of satisfaction, just as with the inaugural edition, was the high take-up of car drivers who met the challenge. They accounted for more than half the participants (52%, or 437 employees). Just like their other "alternative" colleagues, most opted to car-share and cycle (38% and 27% respectively), accumulating 22,800 km. It should also be noted that car drivers largely opted for home-working arrangements (15% of them).
On Tuesday 20 September 2016, the ADEME and Sophia Club Entreprises, organised the inaugural Mobility Challenge in conjunction with the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community Authority, SYMISA, Nice Côte d’Azur CCI, Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council, Vinci Autoroutes and TRAVISA.
Choosing Sophia Antipolis as the venue for this first Mobility Challenge was a big success. The event was initially held as part of an Inter-Company Mobility Plan involving 13 firms based at Sophia Antipolis. However, it far exceeded expectations and attracted 26 organisations of all sizes. From small associations to local authorities and large companies with more than 2,500 staff, the Mobility Challenge hit the mark, proving beyond any doubt that mobility was a hot topic for all employers. In the end, 835 employees took up the Challenge. They showed it was possible to go to work using other forms of transport, such as walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing, while clocking-up 27,200 km between them.
Car-sharing proved to be very popular that year, with 35% of those taking part picking up colleagues on 20 September. More surprisingly, 27% of participants biked the whole way from home to work. If you add multi-modal journeys (train + bike, bus + bike, etc.), it comes to almost 30%, i.e. 242 employees who took to their bikes.
One of the main sources of satisfaction was the high number of car drivers who took up the challenge. They accounted for more than half the participants (52%, or 437 employees). Just like their other "alternative" colleagues, most opted to car-share and cycle (39% and 30% respectively), accumulating 12,800 km.