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Polis Side Event "Creating the liveable, inclusive and healthy city" at the International Transport Forum

18 May 2016 Leipzig, Germany

The Polis Working Group on Environment & Health in Transport in cooperation with the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) and the PASTA project, hosted a Side Event during the 2016 International Transport Forum's Summit. The event looked at the link between health and transport, including the Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling, and air quality.

Active travel is at the core of healthy, sustainable and more inclusive urban livelihoods for all. The event showcased a range of transport, health and environment projects about promoting physical activity through sustainable transport approaches, as well as where national policy has been successfully implemented at local level.

One of the examples that was 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 also considered 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  showcased 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. The Canadian Transport Agency illustrated 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 were presented by THE PEP.


The side event final programme is available here.

The event outline is also available on the ITF's event webpage.

The Side Event  took place on May 18th, 2016, at the Congress Center Leipzig, Germany


The Polis Side Event was moderated by Mrs. Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis


For more information, please contact: Dr. Florinda Boschetti, Polis, rue du Trône 98, B-1050 Brussels, E-mail: or phone +32 2 500 5674.

The organisers would like to extend their appreciation to the PASTA project for their financial support of this Side Event.






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