Promoting active cities
Our cities should be too
235 million. The number of inactive European today.
Sedentarity has become a major challenge for individuals and the European Union over the past decades. With 70% of Europeans living in cities, we know they have a decisive role in stimulating physical activity.
Funded by the European Union and led by Sport and Citizenship Think tank, PACTE project (Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe) strives to transform cities into Active Cities.
Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe is also coming to a close. After almost 3 years of collaboration and ambitious work, project partners prepare to offer a last memorable event to stakeholders through the ‘Become an Active City! Unveiling the PACTE project’s Matrix for Change’ event, that will be held on Thursday 26 November afternoon.
The XVIIIth edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities kicked off Monday 5 of October in an unprecedented online format. Sport and Citizenship attended the event through two workshops on October 7: “Promoting Greener Sport in our regions”, and “Innovation Hubs for Sport&Vitality”. For the first time, sport-related workshops were included in the European Week of Regions and Cities programme. We are, therefore delighted to say that it was an interesting opportunity to find out more about the future of sport towards the greener transition put forward by the European Commission, especially regarding the regional dimension.
Anna Huttunen is manager of the CitiCAP project (Citizens’ cap-and-trade co-created), a project funded by the EU Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) 2nd Call, Urban Mobility theme (2018-2020), implemented in the city of Lahti (Finland).
In the seventies, the city of Lahti and its surroundings were very polluted due to rapid growth and urbanisation. Then, the 120 000 inhabitant city started a huge conversion to become more sustainable and its efforts have recently been rewarded with the European Green Capital award.
Nantes is France’s second bike-friendly municipality. With the 4th largest demographic growth among French cities (+6.4% since 2009), Nantes metropolitan area reached 619,240 inhabitants in 2014, thus establishing itself as a dynamic area with strong growth potential.
Heart of the Italian economy, and globally recognized as fashion and design capital, the city of Milan has gone through a terrific process of transformation in the past couple of decades, making it the modern and elegant metropolis known today.