On July 19th, Interakcia Foundation had a meeting with the Working Group representatives supervising Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Polotsk. The peculiarities of the European Mobility Week 2016 as well as the preparatory works for the construction of the bike lane were discussed.
In the middle of June, Polotsk officially became the first Belarusian participant of the CIVITAS initiative. All its members are willing to improve urban mobility in sustainable ways, not harming the environment. These exact principles lay in the very core of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan that Polotsk should start implementing at the end of this year. Interakcia Foundation and Polotsk government are coordinating the development of the Plan, while the European Union provided funding for the project.
In April and May, school students from Polotsk and students from the city’s university could submit their ideas on how the city should improve its cycling infrastructure. These ideas were ranked by the jury of the contest Bike Lane Guru. Choose Your Way, which included Interakcia’s managers, and on April 28, the best proposals were named in one of Polotsk’s high schools. The best teams provided convincing arguments for creating suggested bike lanes and prepared video presentations of those arguments.
This route was chosen in an online voting that ended on March 9, and this summer, Polotsk cyclists will be able to test the lane. It will be one of the results of a project aimed to develop new modes of transportation in the city, which Interakcia and Polotsk’s government have been implementing together.
The lane will be opening this summer thanks to the project aiming to improve and diversify the city’s modes of transportation; it is being implemented by Interakcia and Polotsk’s government. Until March 9, Polotsk residents can choose one of three options.
Belarus has been named an emerging country for organizing the European Mobility Week, a festival of environmetaly-friendly means of transportation. In fall 2015, supported by a number of partners, Interakcia Foundation already organized this event in Polotsk. The city will be hosting a new mobility festival this year's fall as well.
The festival started in Polotsk on September 16, when a bicycle rack appeared near the city hall. Also, on that day, the “mobile box” for Polotsk residents’ ideas on how to solve Polotsk transportation problems was installed in the city's central avenue. Furthermore, Polotsk schoolchildren supported the European Mobility Week by cycling to their schools. The European Mobility Week in Polotsk will continue with such events as a cycling race, a cycling city quest, an excursion on bikes, a cycling carnival, and even an open-air screening about city life. The majority of these events are scheduled for the weekend, September 19 and September 20.