Encouraging active travel for short trips to improve health and the local economy

By Pavlina Dravecka / Updated: 20 Feb 2015

The project, running from August 2009 – July 2012, involves 11 application partners from 10 EU countries carrying out a variety of local actions to encourage active travel for trips to shops, schools, work and for leisure. As ground work for the project, time was spent convincing stakeholders of the benefits of walking and cycling. Walking audits were conducted in each application area and provided a useful tool to engage local politicians and technicians in both the project and subject matter. See video guidance on how to conduct a walking audit in your local area can be downloaded as a tool from Eltis: Several examples of walking audits conducted and fact sheets on the application of local initiatives can be downloaded from the project website under 'reports and presentations'.

Visit the project website for news and video footage of Active Access activities in a country near you and watch out for the results of the project for fact sheets on how to design similar activities, engage stakeholders and make a positive impact on the health, economy and energy efficiency of your community.