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The delegation of Lutsk City Council has studied the experience of Poland in the field of sustainable urban mobility

The delegation of Lutsk City Council has studied the experience of Poland in the field of sustainable urban mobility

At the invitation of the Rzeszow Regional Development Agency and the Agency for Sustainable Development of the Carpathian region “Forza”, Tetiana Zarubaiko, Head of Project Activities Department, together with Anastasiia Mirach, an engineer, the chief specialist of Division of Engineering and Transport Infrastructure of Department of Housing and Communal Services, have participated in a study visit to the Republic of Poland on sustainable urban mobility. The visit has taken place within the framework of the project “Sumcitynet: Cities Towards Increasing Accessibility and Sustainable Climate-Proof Urban Mobility”.

Representatives of local authorities of Volyn, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Zakarpattia regions (the cities of Kovel, Lviv, Sambir, Drohobych, Stryi, Kalush, Irshava, Rakhiv, and Uzhhorod) have also joined the project activities.

For three days - from 5 to 7 April 2023 - the participants had the opportunity to study Polish experience in traffic management, public transport management, development of road and bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian safety and measures to reduce CO² emissions.

Using the example of three cities – Sanok (39,500 inhabitants), Krosno (48,000 inhabitants) and Rzeszow (200,000 inhabitants), Polish partners demostrated their achievements and plans for the future. The common thing for the three cities is an integrated approach to sustainable urban mobility, which provides not only comfortable and environmentally friendly public transport, modern stops, bus stations, information boards, bicycle paths, but also improves the quality of life of local residents. This includes the concept of a ten-minute city, parklets, a network of administrative service centres to reduce the need of using public or private transport. Besides, there were mentioned modern solutions for the development of cycling, including bicycle and electric scooter rental with service points in cities, the creation of special parking areas for this type of transport, etc.

Electric buses are very popular in Poland, and it is planned to purchase a new kind of public transport based on hydrogen. In this way, our Western neighbors overcome the effects of global warming, care for the state of the environment and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants.

The visit to the Subcarpathian Scientific Center named after Ignacy Łukasiewicz was not less interesting. It was there where the representatives of Ukrainian cities had an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest decisions on the organization of extra-curricular activities of applied disciplines, popularization of science related to intellectual specialties, in particular: aviation, aerospace industry, information technology and telecommunications, natural sciences and others.

The “Sumcitynet” project is implemented within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme of the PBU 2014-2020 EIS and aims to make urban space more accessible by ensuring climate-sustainable and efficient mobility in cities on border areas.

International Cooperation and Project Activities Department