European project for more physical movement in our mobility patterns

In 2014 the European Union launched the PASTA project to increase physical movement into our mobility patterns. A large-scale survey in seven European cities, that VITO is helping organise, will serve as a baseline. The city of Antwerp was selected as the model region for Belgium.

Physical inactivity is the fourth largest risk factor in Europe for premature death. tone way to change this is to encourage people to travel more on foot or by bicycle. This is the approach being taken in the European PASTA project (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches). In this project, companies, universities and research institutions are collaborating to find solutions to make walking and cycling, in combination with public transport, as attractive as possible.
This spring, a large-scale survey is being conducted in seven European cities, including Antwerp. The results will be incorporated into a baseline, on the basis of which the project's progress can later be measured.

VITO's role

VITO is responsible for the survey in Antwerp. It will be conducting experimental research and making practical recommendations based on the results. The PASTA project fits perfectly with VITO's vision of preventive healthcare.

PASTA: facts & figures
  • Consortium of 14 European partners from nine countries
  • Duration: October 2013 – October 2017
  • Budget: € 5,100,000, with € 850,000 of this amount being contributed by the European Commission
     
Companies, universities and research institutions are collaborating to find solutions to make walking and cycling, in combination with public transport, as attractive as possible.