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Young tracking RMB’17

The Research Group in Mobility, Transportation and Territory (GEMOTT, Department of Geography UAB), is conducting an academic study that explores the daily walking mobility patterns among young people (18-35 years) in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region (RMB).

The study aims to study how young people from the RMB travel on foot in their day to day, and in what kind of urban environments these trips take place.

To this end, the GEMOTT has designed a tracking experiment based on monitoring all participants’ daily trips during a natural week (7 days), using three different devices, completely anonymously.

Participants, besides from receiving the information corresponding to their mobility patterns on foot, will take part in a raffle to win a “WonderBox” of their election, valued between 100 and 150€.

Procedure and participation

Participation in the experiment is based on carrying three monitoring devices during a natural week (7 whole days):

  1. “Actigraph” bracelet: a small bracelet the size of a watch that measures the intensity of the physical activity of the subject wearing it.
  2. GPS device: a small device embedded in the belt or in the pocket, which records the participants’ routes.
  3. Smartphone app: Participants are asked to carry on their mobile device an app called “Moves”, which collects the set of daily routes in all means of transport.

actigraph gps moves

Researchers will contact participants, and the device will be delivered the day before the start of the experiment. In addition to the devices, a document explaining the experiment, the terms and conditions and an instruction document will be provided. This document will also show details of how to proceed to download and install the “Moves” app.


In order to participate in the “WonderBox” raffle, participants must collect their data correctly during the entire experiment period, and return the devices in good condition. The results of the draw will be announced once the experiment is completed.


To take part in this research study and/or  to communicate during the experiment, the following contact phone and email are available:

+34 664532940