2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure
FORZA, Agency for Sustainable Development of Carpathian Region (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
Rzeszów Regional Development Agency (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Non-governmental organization “Belarusian Transport Union” (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
Department for international cooperation and Innovations of Uzhhorod city council (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
Pinsk City Executive Committee (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
Urban areas of the Polish-Belarusian-Ukrainian borderland became dominated by cars lately, what negatively impacted the environment and people’s health. Lack of professional resources, knowledge and skills result in poor urban mobility solutions, far behind the European standards – cities are struggling with air and noise pollution, crowded streets, limited accessibility, fast and timely public transport.
The SumCityNet project’s partners decided to challenge this situation. Cities of Pinsk and Uzhhorod are going to conduct the analysis of the main shortcomings in their areas (e.g. road network, public transport, pedestrian lines). The results will form a joint Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) strategy for both cities. Together with partners from Poland, they will create web-based, cross-border exchange platform of good practices and ideas, with professional information on climate change mitigation, saving energy and people health. Furthermore, a set of capacity building activities on SUMP knowledge or their staff will be organized. Some small-scale infrastructural improvements like safe pedestrian crossings, public playgrounds, uplifted road crossings, traffic light systems, bicycle parkings or ramps for disabled people are planned within the project as well. In addition, two mobile applications will be introduced – “Moovit” route planning for people with mobility issues from Pinsk and “Cycling Uzhhorod” with useful hints for bikers.
The SumCityNet project will result in better accessibility of urban areas providing climate-proof and effective mobility within the cities on the border area of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. Joint actions contributing to ecology and decrease of climate effect will raise awareness on that matter. What is even more important, the project will initiate dialog and know-how exchange between neighbouring regions, what will positively influence on living standards of residents aligning regional disparities.
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