EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (EMW) is the European Commission’s flagship awareness-raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility. It promotes behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport, and other clean, intelligent transport solutions. This year’s European Mobility Week took place in almost 3.000 cities in 51 countries all around Europe.
Despite the ongoing war, 5 Ukrainian cities took part in the initiative. In Lviv, participants were able to enjoy a variety of activities to promote sustainable urban mobility in the city: thematic city tours, presentations, discussions, quizzes, and workshop opportunities about tactical urbanism.
The TUMIVolt Pilot Project in Lviv (GIZ), supported the EMW activities by setting the program, concepting workshops as well as by the provision of information and workshop materials.
Workshop on tactical urbanism measures
During the workshop, participants discussed ideas, how the location should be changed to become modern and more comfortable. The city planner could present the concept of the appreciation of this area and some of ideas were implemented during EMW. The workshop participants aimed that the noisy and uncomfortable intersection should ideally become
“a rest point on transit, a place to rest and a location for meetings right in the city center”
Before renovation of the place there were installed delineators, and the next step became the place for rest.
A few impressions of the European Mobility Week activities in Lviv (16-21 September 2022):
City tour by electric bus (the only one in Lviv) in routes that doesn’t exist in real life, because trolleybuses have con and can’t go only on battery.
History, construction, modern urban solutions – on the example of Bandera and Konovaltsya streets, participants could follow how architectural styles and approaches to urban planning changed from ancient times to today. The presence of educational institutions, such as the Lviv Polytechnic or the Academic Gymnasium, contributed to the fact that the district was chosen for settlement by professors who wanted to live near their place of work.
An extraordinary draisine excursion to explore one of now non-functional railway tracks in a very green city part Lychakiv not far away from the city center. This green connection now has a slide different function as it used to have, the leisure one.
Participants performed various tasks in different parts of the city, an important condition was movement using environmentally friendly transport. Points were awarded for the speed and quality of completing tasks (after each completed task, participants sent photo/video confirmation of the points)
The traditional autumn bike-to-work day this year was for charity. Citizens of Lviv were encouraged to use bicycles, electric scooters instead of their own car to get to work or study.
Presentation of Lviv Bicycle Concept
Another program activity, were presentations on goals and challenges in creating bicycle infrastructure for Lviv. A representative of the city’s bicycle patrol police presented shortly the rights and rules of cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Discussions were also held in the question-answer format. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and start insightful conversations on the topic.
“Constant urban mobility of Lviv in wartime conditions”
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Lviv was discussed in wartime conditions, identified the challenges that have faced the city since the beginning of the war and singled out new ideas and proposals.
“Urban cafe SPARCS: sustainable urban mobility and climate neutrality of Lviv. Prospects”.
Furthermore, prospects for the development of Lviv’s climate neutrality and energy positivity in war conditions wer discussed, got acquainted with the SPARCS initiative of the European Union and identified priority tasks for the city in this area.
“Urban cafe 3 Share P. Development of electric charging stations and parking in the city”.
A conversation-discussion about parking, renting electric scooters, bicycles, charging stations for electric cars.
Project Go for a walk!
The video project explored the impact of independent travel around the city on a child’s development, and also contained practical advice for parents. For example, how to safely move a child on the street, what should be taught before buying a bicycle for a teenager and what do we need to know about public transport? All series are available on MuMi’s YouTube channel!
“Fund for the Development of the City Museum in Lviv” was created within the framework of the “Safe for Dangerous” project with the support of ZMIN Foundation.