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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Annual meeting of ministers to set health priorities in Europe

On 17 September 2018 in Rome, Italy, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region will gather for the annual WHO Regional Committee for Europe. At this year’s 68th session, participants will consider topics including a new strategy on men’s health, financial protection and an action plan to improve public health preparedness and response.

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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