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Handbook of good practice case studies for promotion of walking and cycling

The PASTA (Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches) Consortium has collected a series of case studies which comprises of eight best practice and policy recommendations for local authorities to accelerate the uptake of active mobility measures in cities and regions across Europe.

PASTA looked at active mobility measures covering four domains:

  • Strategic policy, comprising strategies, masterplans and programmes as key instruments for setting the urban agenda of a city’s development.
  • Social environment, comprising measures aimed to change behaviour, encourage a shift in mobility culture and raise awareness for benefits of active mobility.
  • Physical environment and Infrastructure. This category includes all kinds of built structures for walking, cycling, and cycling parking.
  • Regulation and legislation.

Good practice measures were selected for their specific characteristics:

  • Innovation aspects:  A measure which applies an approach beyond the
    common practice or exploits existing conditions to maximum effect on active travel in a new way.
  • Potential for enhancing physical activity and promote active mobility: The measure has led to an increase of active travel which was measured; or direct recipients have perceived positive effects on their own health condition.
  • Cross-sectoral and institutional cooperation: The measure design and implementation is the product of new forms of collaboration and joint work with partners across sectors in the public and private sphere (transport, environment, urban planning, land use, health administration, care and promotion, education, private, academic).
  • Brings additional added value (social aspects, sustainability, health, economic added value) and meets new challenges (demographic changes, environmental issues etc.).

Each of these eight good practices describes a specific active mobility measure for an expert audience of practitioners and decision makers working in transport and health. All measures were implemented in cities across Europe, some are completed or are still ongoing. Facts and figures illustrate in greater detail how each measure has been implemented and how much has contributed to increase levels of active mobility.