Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
As part of the new SUTP webinar series, we cordially invite you to join our 1st webinar on May, 14.
The session will focus on the integration of walking, cycling and public transportation systems. We will discuss rationale, options and physical and operational characteristics of integrating non-motorized transport to public transport systems, using examples from BRT systems and metro systems in the world. It will also present impacts of some of these experiences and guidelines. The webinar will be conducted by Carlosfelipe Pardo, Despacio Executive Director and GIZ consultant.
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.