Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches

2013 - 2017

The PASTA - Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches project focused on the promotion and factors enabling active mobility (i.e. walking and cycling including in combination with public transport use) in cities as an innovative approach to integrate physical activity into our everyday lives.

A multi-disciplinary consortium of leading experts in policy, research and practice from across Europe came together for this project, which aimed to:

  • conduct a longitudinal survey, tracking the travel patterns of more than 10,000 people from seven European cities (Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Örebro, Rome, Vienna, Zürich), to assess the link between active mobility and the effect on physical activity, injury risk and exposure to air pollution;
  • identify innovative measures and systematic initiatives used to promote active mobility, as well as traffic safety interventions.

Key outputs from the project included the development: an improved user-friendly health impact assessment (HIA) tool, a range of research papers, and a compendium showcasing good practice when promoting active mobility.

This project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602624-2.