The Active Travel to School and Healthy Cities program is a continuation and extension of the Active Travel to School program. Through various organizational, planning and educational measures, the program encourages active walking to school and raises awareness of the importance of walking as a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation practice. The aim of the program is to support schools and municipalities in facilitating walking to school with the Walking Bus and Bicycle Train and to promote the concept of a healthy city by drawing up local walking plans and conducting regional training seminars.
The program addresses the health problems of children and adults that stem from sedentary lifestyles and a “fattening environment” that can be prevented and mitigated by walking. The program links the health sector’s commitment to promote daily physical activity with local measures for active mobility and improving the walkability of settlements. Last but not least, it develops an interest for walking among stakeholders. The program includes three main activities:
- Development of local partnerships for the design and promotion of walking
- Dissemination of knowledge for the planning of a healthy living environment
- Support for the implementation of the Walking Bus and Bicycle Train (links are in Slovene)
The implementation of the Active Travel to School and Healthy City program is led by IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies in cooperation with the Association for the Protection of the Alps – CIPRA Slovenia. The program is co-funded by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia.
Duration: 11/2019 – 11/2022