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PASTA recipes for healthy cities

Over the last four years, a pool of international researchers, transport and health practitioners, including the World Health Organization, have investigated the link between active travel and health in the frame of the PASTA project. Evidence-based results and policy recommendations will help to inform transport planning and support decision making to build healthier and more liveable cities.

”PASTA” stands for Promoting Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches. This 4-year project co-funded by the European Commission has conducted the largest longitudinal web-based survey ever with a target of over 11.000 individuals scattered across seven cities: Barcelona, London, Örebro, Rome, Zurich, Antwerp, and Vienna.

Researchers and practitioners have closely worked together to answer some key questions for decision makers, such as: Why people cycle and walk? How can we make better places for active travel? And, is cycling and walking healthy?

Early results were presented last year and proved that car drivers are 4kg heavier than cyclists. ”People who are physically inactive are at higher risk of developing chronic diseases, such as cancer, stroke, heart attacks, as well as becoming overweight” says Dr Adrian Davis, a UK transport and health expert and member of PASTA’s advisory board. ”PASTA proved that factors like urban design, how we move in cities, the use of cars, bikes or walking could play an important role in determining the level of people’s daily physical activity.”

You are invited to meet with cities, researchers and decision makers at the PASTA Final Conference on September, 20th, 2017 in Mannheim, Germany. The event will take place back-to-back to the International Cycling Conference on 19-21 September. Guest key note speaker is Mr. Christophe Najdovski, Paris Deputy Mayor for Transport. Register today at

For more information about PASTA, please visit the project website at