HEAT – Participatory urban planning for healthier urban communities

The HEAT project addresses the problem of fragmented urban planning and cycling infrastructure. The main objective is to contribute to the planning of healthier, more active and inclusive urban areas in the Central Baltic region.

Possibilities of citizens and other municipal sectors to participate in planning processes are often limited. Moreover, the initiatives that aim at promoting biking in cities are often fragmented, full of gaps, and thus with low impact. The problem is relevant because of not only environmental concerns but also health and social issues. 

In the HEAT project participatory concepts for development of biking infrastructure in pilot cities will be developed and pilot actions will be conducted. Furthermore, an economic analysis of increased biking (with WHO HEAT tool) will be made in the project cities. The analysis will provide arguments for future investments and strategies as well as change of actions and administrational routines. 

The role of TUAS in the project is organizing the WHO HEAT tool trainings to help and to ensure the cities’ calculations made with the tool. The project is led by the City of Turku and the other partners in addition to TUAS include Valonia, Institute of Baltic Studies, Cykelfrämjandet, City of Tartu and Jurmala City Council.

Project duration: 1.4.2018-31.3.2021

Source of funding: Interreg Central Baltic


Project website: https://www.heatproject.eu/




Heli Kanerva-Lehto
Project Manager
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