KEEPING NEWHAM MOVING
– WITH HELP FROM PASTA Newham and its economy is booming and Newham Council is committed to keeping the borough moving, for the benefit of both our residents and our economy. In addition to investing £100million in overhauling our roads in the next decade as part of our New Deal for Newham, we have been working in partnership with Imperial College London on a research project to learn more about the barriers our residents face as they move around the borough, either walking and cycling or using public transport. The project is called PASTA (Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches) and relies on residents taking part in a survey – although some have gone a step further and opted to wear monitors for three weeks as they moved about during the day. Veeran Shergill and Drew Prior both
became ‘mobile labs’ for three weeks over the course of a year, wearing different monitors as they moved around during the day. The monitors were able to match GPS data on their locations throughout the week with information on their heart rate and physical activity, as well as the levels of air pollution in the areas they moved through. Veeran, 22, is an active community volunteer from Manor Park. She said: “The survey questions are pretty simple: something you know about, as they are all about you. Taking part made me aware of how I had been sitting down for ages at work, and motivated me to walk more.” Drew, 53, from Plaistow, said: “I am concerned about the quality of the air
that we breathe, especially as we travel around, so I was happy to take part to help provide local knowledge to support more investment in sustainable transport and help improve air quality for us all. “I think the walking, cycling and public transport improvements made as part of the 2012 Games planning have really helped to show how sustainable transport improves our quality of life and brings communities together.” To take part in PASTA and the simple online survey, visit: www.survey. pastaproject.eu/london Fill in the survey and you could win £100 in the monthly prize draw!
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