Transport and health

Promoting healthy and sustainable transport options prevents the negative effects of current transport patterns on human health, such as those caused by air pollution and physical inactivity. Cooperation among sectors and high-level political commitment are crucial to ensure that health issues are considered when transport policies are made.

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City in motion: people first!

European ministers of transport, health and environment are meeting in Paris on 14–16 April 2014, to agree on common action for healthy and sustainable mobility. The Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM) is organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and WHO/Europe, and hosted by the Government of France.

Data and statistics

30% of car journeys in Europe cover distances of less than 3 km; 50% cover less than 5 km. These distances can be covered within 15–20 minutes by bicycle or 30–50 minutes by brisk walking.

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Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)

WHO/Europe carries out most of its transport and health activities within the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP).

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Guidance and tools

Health and economic assessment tool (HEAT) for cycling and walking

HEAT is an online tool to estimate the reduction in mortality resulting from regular cycling or walking

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