The 4-year PASTA project focused on the systematic promotion and facilitation of active travel (i.e. walking, cycling, and public transport use) as an innovative approach to insert physical activity into individuals’ everyday lives. A longitudinal study was conducted across 7 cities to evaluate the ongoing active travel initiatives to better understand correlates of active travel and in particular their effects on overall physical activity, injury risk and exposure to air pollution. Based on the study findings, existing research, and the World Health Organisation’s Health Economic Assessment Tool for walking and cycling (HEAT) an improved tool for health impact assessment of active travel was developed.
The project was funded by the European Commssion's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport thought the FP7 Programme. It ran from November 2013 to October 2017.
- Towards a Comprehensive Conceptual Framework of Active Travel Behavior: a Review and Synthesis of Published Frameworks (July 2017)