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 transformation will last at least for one week – the European Mobility Week. It is scheduled to happen in Polotsk and hundreds of other European cities on September 16-22. Bike races, master classes on repairing bikes, a car-free day, debates on Polotsk transportation problems, and dozens other events will be organized for Polotsk residents and tourists. These activities were discussed at a joint meeting between Polotsk officials and city residents on June 18.
From March 25 until April 25, in an online poll, Polotsk citizens were choosing the most pressing transportation problems of the city as well as solutions to them. The data collected during the poll should help experts to develop an effective transportation strategy for Polotsk. Its presentation will happen next year.
Last week, during 18 and 19 February, representatives of the local authorities, businesses and mass media from Polotsk were studying the experience that Dresden has amassed in the development of public transportation and of bicycle infrastructure, as well as in the management of car flows. Despite certain technological differences, the two cities apparently have common visions of how to deal with transportation issues.
In their opinion, the city’s transportation is in satisfactiry condition, but at the same time, Polotsk lacks new bus stops, specially allocated bus and bicycle lanes, as well as new transportation arteries that would connect parts of the city in a better way.
The meeting was held on November 20, at Polotsk District Executive Committee. The event was dedicated to the development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. Thanks to this document, the Polotsk public transport should become more effective, whereas the number of traffic jams should decrease. The city's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure will also improve.
On July 18, at Polotsk District Executive Committee, Hans-Werner Franz, a specialist from the Association of European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, explained how the public transportation and bicycle infrastructure are being developed in the German city of Potsdam where 150 thousand people live.