Active Cities



In 2030, the world’s cities will be Active Cities.


By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. If they’re Inactive Cities, it’s game over. “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century1”. Unfortunately, levels of activity are not well understood by those with the most power to make a change. For example, in Europe, 84% of policymakers don’t know statistics regarding their country’s overweight population2. By 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more, and our increasingly urban world now frames many of our greatest challenges: global equality, health, education, prosperity and, not least, sustainability. The projected increase in urban populations dictates that the city setting has an increasingly important role to play in our sustainability as a human race. In particular, municipalities are leading actors through the wide range of relevant services they provide. This includes departments for sport and recreation, events, parks and open spaces, public health, education, urban planning, community safety, neighbourhoods.
[1] Source: John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA’s Population Division
[2] Source: The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO),2014


To make a change, the global SAPA Movement must:

  • Work with Mayors and city departments to prioritise the utilisation of existing resources as active resources, such as programmes within existing open spaces and parks, after-hours access to facilities including school playgrounds and sports grounds, establishing ‘car-free’ zones and times for citizens to utilise the streets for physical activity and play, encouraging the practice of traditional sports and games and providing means of active transport.
  • Leave a legacy of sustainable physical activity for the enjoyment of the general population after major sporting events.


PACTE Project

PACTE Project

Organisation Sport and Citizenship
Country France
Target Group Municipalities in Europe

#Health #Environment


Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe (PACTE) is a three-year project, financed by the Erasmus+ programme, which focuses on physical activity rates across Europe from a municipal perspective and on the creation of Active Cities. PACTE focuses on municipal Sport and Physical Activities (SPA) policies since they have the most direct effect on citizens and because it is a vastly under-researched sphere of Sport and Physical Activity.
The project aims to deliver a European-wide representative survey of municipal SPA policies and strategies thus delivering a unique mapping of Europe. The collection of data and its analysis will contribute to the creation of an Active Cities matrix for change, which will be a freely accessible online tool for municipalities to evaluate their SPA state of play and will offer tailored recommendations for continuous improvement. Cities and municipalities will thus have access to an easily understandable tool, which focuses on the spheres of active schools, active mobility and active workplaces.
Following the research phase, a pool of ambassador cities are selected to showcase the step-by-step Active City process, therefore demonstrating the accessibility of the evolution. Finally, a communication campaign targeting European municipalities will strive to best broadcast the available tools, in the quest to trigger greater consideration from local authorities.
The project is led by Sport and Citizenship and supported by International Council for Sport, Science and Physical Education, European Physical Education Association, Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani, European Federation for Company Sport, European Cyclists Federation, City of Liverpool, Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association and TAFISA

Maxime Leblanc
Director of EU Affairs
+32 (0)25027656

Ciclovía Colombia

Ciclovía Colombia

Organisation District Institute of Sport and Recreation
Country Colombia
Target Group All citizens of Bogota, Colombia

#Health #Community


Each Sunday and public holiday during the morning and early afternoon certain main streets of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, and other municipalities of Colombia are blocked off to cars, so runners, skaters, and bicyclists use them. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks where aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians lead people through various performances and physical activity classes. Bogotá's weekly “ciclovías” are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on over 120 km of car-free streets. Ciclovías of Colombia has inspired several municipalities worldwide, giving citizens to reclaim their ownership of the public space by taking back the use of the streets for recreational purposes.
It is led by Ciclovía Colombia and supported by Colombian municipalities.

Bibiana Sarmiento
Programme Coordinator
+57 (1)6605400

Global Active City

Global Active City

Organisation Active Well-being Initiative
Country Switzerland - Germany
Target Group Cities worldwide

#Health #Environment #Partnerships


The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) helps cities and organisations to improve the lives of their citizens through the promotion of physical activity, sport and well-being for all. In a world which is facing increasing health problems, the AWI model advocates for more sustainable urban living and calls for new forms of governance. It provides a suite of standards, tools and services, road-tested with a group of pilot cities, and empowers city leaders, their communities and citizens to drive change. The GAC label, which is supported by the International Olympic Committee, is awarded to cities having implemented a Physical Activity and Sport for All management system, improving governance and efficiency.
It is led by Active Well-being Initiative and supported by International Olympic Committee, Evaleo and TAFISA

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)

Organisation Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
Country International
Target Group Municipalities worldwide

#Health #Environment #Partnerships


The UCI Bike City label is awarded to cities and regions which host UCI events and also have very clear and ambitious projects to develop cycling in all its forms for the population. Currently 10 cities and regions within the UCI network have been awarded, and new potential candidates are being proposed. The objective of the Bike City Label is to develop cycling at all levels, from elite competitions to the use of bikes as a leisure activity and means of transport. The long-term aim is to develop a network of UCI Bike Cities, creating examples around the world of how cities can maximise the impact of sport to help create better, safer cities for all people on bikes, regardless of their age, level of fitness or cycling activity.
It is led by UCI and supported by local partners in each city.
Learn more about the UCI Bike City Label in this explanatory video.

Isabella Burczak
UCI Advocacy and Mass Events Manager
+41 244685822

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Physical Activity and Sport Strategy (PAS)

Physical Activity and Sport Strategy (PAS)

Organisation Liverpool City
Country England
Target Group Citizens of Liverpool, England

#Health #Environment


The Physical Activity and Sport Strategy guides the direction and priorities that drive the commitment to get Liverpool’s residents more physically active and in doing so enjoy greater positive and productive health outcomes. The strategy and delivery plan cover a seven-year period 2014 - 2021 and is set in the context of the 2020 Decade of Health and Wellbeing for Liverpool.





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