Hosted by Polis and the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) run jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe)
Active travel, such as walking and cycling in combination with the use of public transport is at the core of healthy, sustainable and more inclusive urban living for all. This Side Event organised by the city network Polis and the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) will showcase a range of projects across sectors aimed at promoting active travel, as well as good practice case studies where national policy has been successfully implemented at local level.
One of the examples that will be presented is the project called the Bristol Method. The city of Bristol’s ambition is to become a world-leading city in active travel, where 4 out of 5 journeys of five miles or less are made on foot, by bike and public transport. This knowledge-transfer programme was launched by the city of Bristol as 2015 EU Green Capital to share with other cities experience gained by Bristol in its effort towards greater sustainability.
The event will also consider the background to national cycling strategies and the ways to secure an adequate provision of financing of non-motorized transport projects in the context of the "Declaration on cycling as a climate-friendly transport mode" adopted in October 2015 by the informal EU Transport Ministers’ Council.
The event will also showcase how non-EU cities promote active travel as a way of reducing emissions and congestion while efficiently connecting neighbourhoods and communities.
Accessibility for all is key to create a liveable and inclusive city. We’ll look at the case of rail and communities, how to foster collaborative and liveable approaches on issues such as of noise and vibration, and how to foster the human rights of persons with disabilities, such as ensuring that transportation is equally accessible to all.
Finally, the challenges and opportunities of linking public health and transport by applying health economic assessment tools (HEAT) and policy instruments to meet the transport and mobility needs of large urban agglomerations will be presented by THE PEP.
Moderator: Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis
Presentations are available on the Polis website.
The organisers would like to extend their appreciation to the PASTA projectfor their financial support of this Side Event.