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.
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.
As most cities in the Europe are currently quiet due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some are already planning for the future. A future that might include more emphasis on active mobility. To discuss current and future perspectives, the PACTE project sat down with Mikael Colville-Andersen, Urban Design Expert and host of the urbanism documentary series The Life-Sized City.
Located in the South of The Netherlands, Rotterdam is mainly known for its seaport, the largest one in Europe.