Good health is not only characterised by the absence of disease. Health is the most basic indicator of wellbeing, so it is essential for our surroundings to enable us to lead healthy lives in every possible way.

The cities of today, however, have become hostile and polluted, largely due to the heavy car traffic that has taken over most of the available public urban space. In this context, it is difficult to develop healthy lifestyles.

However, we now know how to transform these urban networks into healthy, welcoming areas that become efficient urban spaces conducive to a societal live with optimal inhabitability and environmental quality. Indeed, we know how to make our cities human again. We know that cycling is a means of transport and a way of life that helps us to reach our target; it is a fundamental part of the concept of a more human city.

Plenary Speakers


Francesca Racioppi

Manages the activities of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (Rome Office), as well as the WHO/Europe programme on “Transport and Health”.

Enrique Jacoby

M.D. trained at San Marcos University in Lima with a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University Johns Hopkins, Maryland, U.S.A.

In close cooperation with the European Network for the Promotion of Health Enhancing Physical Activity, she takes an active part in the development of supportive tools to increase the awareness of the health benefits of cycling and walking, and to promote their uptake across Europe.

Francesca manages the WHO secretariat for the “Transport, Health and Environment Pan European Programme” (THE PEP), in which the WHO works is serviced by  hand by hand with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Enrique is co-founder of the Network of Ciclovias of the Americas (CRA) and promoter of the “Active Cities, Healthy Cities” Contest. 

He was also an active member of an international research team that studied the relationship between the urban physical environment and transportation on the physical activity levels and health of the people of Bogota.

In the last decade he has worked in public health policies and programs in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
Enrique is also member of the Advisory Board of “8-80 Cities”.