Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
GIZ will hold a joint workshop with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and International Road Transport Union (IRU) on Bus Improvement and Bus Rapid Transit in Istanbul, Turkey. The training will be supported by Embarq-Turkey. With more than 13million inhabitants, Istanbul is one of the biggest cities in the world. Meeting the increasing mobility demand of their citizens, Istanbul implemented in 2007 a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line called Metrobüs. Since then, it has been expended several times. Currently, Metrobüs carries around 800,000 passengers per day on its 52 km long routes with 45 stations. It is the only intercontinental BRT system in the world.
Many cities in the region are facing considerable mobility challenges. Often, municipal urban transport systems are not meeting the requirements in terms of capacity, quality and reliability and are under immense pressure from informal operators. Further, the integration of various public transport modes and especially their integration with walking and cycling are not meeting the expectations of the public.
The regional training on “Bus Improvement and Bus Rapid Transit” is jointly organized by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) in cooperation with International Road Transport Union (IRU). The training will be hold in Istanbul, Turkey from the 24th to the 26th of April in 2014 at the same time as the international “Bus World Turkey Exhibition”.
In late March 2014, German experts visited the Ukrainian cities Lviv (in the West) and Donetsk (in the East) to work with local experts and activists on cycling infrastructure. They inspected recently constructed bicycle infrastructure to provide suggestions on safety and usability improvements for future projects. Additionally they reviewed the existing plans for bicycle development in both cities to provide suggestions, based on Western European expertise and technical knowledge.
Cycling and pedestrianisation in Lviv
At the beginning of April, the City of Lviv conducted a public workshop on the subject of future bicycle policy. The workshop supported the development of ideas and strategies to improve the popularity of cycling in daily life and to summarize and structure the results of previous and ongoing efforts. The results will be used as part of the city’s overall vision for bicycle development.
“Vision zero” – that’s what transport experts call the goal of zero traffic accident-related fatalities. In fact, the number of traffic fatalities in Europe has been falling for several years now: 100 cities in Germany with a population of more than 50,000 have achieved zero traffic fatalities in at least one of the past four years – four cities even had no traffic fatalities since 2009 at all. For cities with a population of more than 200,000 three have achieved “vision zero” in one of the recent years. Still, the risk of accidents remains particularly high in urban areas with all traffic participants sharing a dense space. Urban accidents accounted for almost three quarters of all accidents in Germany in 2012, causing more than 1,000 deaths. Despite recent positive developments, the numbers illustrate that there still is a long way to go.