Sergei Leichenko, Deputy Chairman of Polotsk District Executive Committee put his signature to the document on July 17. Polotsk has now the opportunity to become the first Belarusian city that will officially join the European initiative supporting environmentally friendly means of urban transportation: public transport, pedestrian and bicycle lanes.
The European Mobility Week will be happening in Polotsk during September 16-22. The city is going to turn into an ideal place for pedestrians and cyclists. Polotsk residents will be able to have cycling city tours, boast of their unusual bicycles at a special contest, and even enjoy new pedestrian zones in the downtown.
Hundreds of cities join the European Mobility Week every year. This year, the list of participants even includes an Icelandic town called Mosfellsbær, but European capitals, such as Budapest and Stockholm, have also registered.
Having signed the Charter, the Polotsk authorities are now finalizing the official process of joining the European Mobility Week. When it is accomplished, information about the events that Polotsk is going to host during September 16-22 will appear on the official website of the initiative. In addition to the privilege of representing Belarus, Polotsk will also obtain the right to use the official logo and other visibility elements of the European Mobility Week.
The European Mobility Week will be happening in Polotsk within the framework of a project that aims to provide the city with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, that is, a strategy to tackle transportation problems. The project is funded by the European Union, while Interakcia Foundation and Polotsk District Executive Committee are implementing the initiative. During the European Mobility Week, Polotsk residents will have many chances to learn about and discuss certain parts of this strategy, which should be already drafted by that time.