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Issue #3| October 2017

We are pleased to send you the final issue of the PASTA newsletter - the project wraps up after 4 years at the end of this month. As part of the project we have produced a series of publications and scientific outputs on the promotion of physical activity through active means of transport (including walking, cycling and public transport), available below.

Please feel free to circulate this email more widely among interested colleagues.

Kind regards, the PASTA Team

PASTA - Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches - find out about this EU funded project here


  PASTA final conference: The health-onomics of active mobility

  Handbook of case studies promoting active mobility

  Factsheets & short summary series

  PASTA results infographic

  Stakeholder workshop & scientific publications

 PASTA final conference: the health-onomics of active mobility

Part of the International Cycling Conference and celebrating 200 years of cycling

On 20 September, the PASTA projects held its final conference in Mannheim as part of the first International Cycling Conference (ICC). The event brought together approximately 300 researchers, practitioners and politicians from across the globe to discuss the role of active mobility in the modern world, creating an intersection of academic, political and practical thinking strategies.

At the Conference, policy-makers from Antwerp, London, Rome and Vienna discussed the relevance of the PASTA results for their cities, and how research can lead to better-informed policy-making in support of active mobility.

The Conference also provided the opportunity to demonstrate the newest version of the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for cycling and walking. HEAT is a user-friendly online tool designed to help urban and transport planners, as well as health practitioners, to make the case for new investment in active mobility and quantify the economic value of reduced mortality from active mobility.

>> Access the presentations here.

>> More information about the event can be viewed here.

 Handbook of case studies promoting active mobility

Good practice examples from cities across Europe

As part of the PASTA project, a series of case studies was collected via a systematic check of European projects and case studies database, and an open call through the ‘Friends of PASTA’. These cover 4 domains:

  • Strategic policy
  • Social environment
  • Physical environment and Infrastructure
  • Regulation and legislation

The novelty of the PASTA case study handbook lies in its original approach for identifying those measures across the transport planning and public health domains that had a health dimension embedded, and a clear objective to reduce the impact of non-communicable disease (NCD) due to sedentary lifestyles and lack of physical activity, by increasing the number of adults and children incorporating physical activity into their daily routines.

Each of the eight best practice measures selected is described for an expert audience of practitioners and decision makers, and facts and figures illustrate in greater detail how these were implemented and contributed to increase levels of active mobility.

>> Access the handbook here.

 Factsheets & short summary series

Key findings and highlights from the PASTA project

A series of factsheets highlighting the challenges and opportunities for promoting active mobility in relation to transport development in the PASTA case study cities of Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Örebro, Rome, Vienna, Zurich were written based on the findings from a series of interviews and workshops held with transport and health pracitioners. These cover:

  • the indicators used in the longitudinal survey
  • key findings from the stakeholder workshops
  • overviews on active mobility in each of the seven case study cities
  • key findings from the longitudinal study
  • literature review on health impact assessment tool

>> View the city factsheets and summary series here.

 Results brochure

Infographic highlighting key results from the PASTA project

An infographic has been produced to showcase the PASTA project results and the outputs.

>> Access the infographic here.

 Stakeholder workshop & scientific publications

@Autonomy's urban mobility summit

A final stakeholder workshop "Active travel for healthy cities" organised by Polis through the PASTA project was held during the Autonomy's urban mobility summit in Paris on October 19th. The workshop aimed to present the latest research-based evidence linking health benefits of increased physical activity and transport, and measures to encourage active travel and create healthier urban environments.

Nick Cavill, HEAT core group, and Cavill Associated Ltd, presented the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) to conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling. Nick gave a presentation showing screenshots of the new HEAT online platform. The new HEAT will include air quality, traffic crashes and carbon emissions.

New approaches and good practice examples to encourage active travel and design more liveable public space were presented by Transport for London, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Ile-de-France.

Presentations can be viewed here:

Active travel for healthy cities, PASTA project - Florinda Boschetti, Polis
Introduction to the Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling - Nick Cavill, Cavill Associates

HEAT case study: How to make business cases for cycling and walking projects:

Using HEAT in Transport for London - Jessica Clift, Business Case Lead- Surface Transport, Transport for London
HEAT model applications in Transport for Greater Manchester - Rafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester

PASTA journal articles

Health impact assessment of active transportation: A systematic review
Publisher:Elsevier, Preventive Medicine (March 2015)

PASTA: protocol for a multi-centre, longitudinal study
Publisher: BMC Public Health (November 2015)

For more publications, including case studies and journal articles, click here.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602624-2. The contents of this newsletter are the sole responsibility of the PASTA project consortium and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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