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Good practices from active cities – infographic

We put together an infographic with a list of tried-and-tested approaches that our partner cities have used to encourage and empower residents to become more active in their daily lives. Their ideas have helped to shape our Global Active City model, which can be applied to cities and towns of all sizes and particular local needs. Their proposals include measuring and analysing physical activity levels; encouraging organisations from different sectors to work together; and making public spaces, physical activity centres…

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Using an Olympic bid to create an active city

  Leaving a lasting legacy is a top priority for any city seeking to host the Olympic Games. Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 tournament was stopped in its tracks by a referendum which revealed 48.4 per cent of local voters were in favour of the project. To ensure that the money and planning spent on the application remained a good investment, the city focused its efforts on transforming its Olympic proposals into hundreds of long term benefits for residents. In…

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Hamburg one of world’s first cities to prioritise physical activity in urban planning

Walking and cycling will be prioritised in an urban development for up to 20,000 people, with homes allocated just half a parking space each. Authorities in our partner city Hamburg have given the go-ahead to the radical plans for Oberbillwerder, which will be one of the first places worldwide to make physical activity the primary concern in its urban planning. The 7,000 homes planned for the district will have to share parking facilities – the half a space per property needs to accommodate…

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Richmond’s Olympic legacy for everyone

Residents and visitors in Richmond, Canada, continue to benefit from the city’s decision to host part of the Winter Olympics 2010. Sports managers told us how they ensure facilities and programmes reach the whole community.   How does a city with a population estimated at 223,000 manage to stage international and national sporting competitions every year, plus more than 100 community events? In recent years Richmond, in British Columbia, has hosted a long list of high profile contests such as…

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WHO recommends the Global Active City approach

The World Health Organization stressed the vital role for cities in GAPPA – its new worldwide strategy to promote physical activity. The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-30 recommended active city networks such as the Global Active City programme as part of its mission to “create active people”. Action 3.6 called for member states to implement “whole-of-community initiatives, at the city, town or community levels, … to promote increased participation in physical activity and reduced sedentary behavior by people…

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Russian interest in Global Active Cities

The Global Active City approach is to spread to Russia following a successful visit by national Olympic officials. The Active Well-being Initiative is in talks to host a workshop for a large delegation of Russian non-profit clubs, Olympic councils, public associations, city authorities and potential sponsors. The plans are the result of an exploratory visit to Liverpool by senior officials from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Vladimir Sengleev, Director General of the ROC, said: “Our programme Olympic Country supports non-profit…

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Hamburg sets out to become a Global Active City

One of Germany’s sportiest cities has joined a worldwide network of places trying to encourage their residents to be more physically active. The Active Well-being Initiative (AWI) is delighted to welcome Hamburg among its growing number of partner cities. Hamburg is aiming to achieve full Global Active City status by the end of the year. Christoph Holstein, Hamburg State Councillor for the Department of Home Affairs and Sports, who attended an AWI workshop in Liverpool, UK earlier this year, said:…

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Ljubljana creates new green space for all

  Our partner city in Slovenia has turned an unmanageable patch of land into a play area accessible to everyone. This beautiful playground in Ljubljana used to be home to a vast collection of informal and illegal allotment gardens – defined as green space in planning documents, but in reality out of public use. Until 2007 the ground, next to the iconic Žale cemetery designed by Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, was described as a problem area. It had many garden…

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Be part of a Europe-wide active city survey

Has your city responded to the Project PACTE survey on physical activity? More than 200 cities and towns from 26 countries have already taken part in what will be the biggest ever research project into active city strategies in Europe. The results will be used to create a measuring tool to monitor local physical activity levels, and free resources for places that want to become active cities. Project PACTE – Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe – is run by the think…

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