14.11.17

CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE Study visit to Ljubljana

Network CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE organized a study tour to Ljubljana from 9th to 10th November 2017. Some 20 members of the Network had an opportunity to learn about sustainable mobility and visit examples of good practices in Ljubljana.

During the first day, after the introductory greetings by Mr. Dejan Crnek, Deputy Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, the participants were informed about the activities and results in Ljubljana as the Green Capital of Europe 2016, the APPLAUSE project and urban beekeeping.

Nataša Jazbinšek Seršen, head of the Environmental Protection Department of Ljubljana and leader of the team responsible for the Green Capital Programme, presented activities that transformed Ljubljana: introducing a large pedestrian zone in the city centre, an efficient public bicycle system, an electric ˝car -sharing˝ and ˝shared space˝ along the central road.

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The second day of visit began with the visit of the pedestrian zone in the centre of Ljubljana, led by the deputy mayor, prof. Janez Koželj, who explained why and how the city should be a space for experimentation and the bearer of innovation.

The biggest problem is how to change the people's attitudes towards using public transport and shared vehicles, but also how to make mobility as optimal as possible and closer to people. The experience and available services of 'electronic car sharing' - offered by Avant2Go offers in Ljubljana and other Slovenian cities were presented.

A walk along the Slovene Street, once the busiest Ljubljana road, showed how a shared space could be successfully introduced and motor traffic reallocated. It represents a good example of a street where public transport, pedestrians and cyclists coexiste. There was a risk of shutting the main transit road through the centre for motor traffic and reconstruct the city centre as shared space, as it is still the main public transport route in the city, with over 1,600 buses passing through it every day. Ljubljana is very proud, as after the reconstruction of this street, no serious traffic accident occurred. It was mentioned that CIVITAS ELAN project was used to inform public about the city plans and to present them how the street will look in the future.

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Bicikelj, a public bicycle system introduced by the city in 2012 was also shown to the participants. The system stations consist of a main terminal and individual stands to which the bikes are attached. Located in busy residential and shopping areas and near public transport, the stations are a simple and quick way to get around for a quick errand, the daily commute to work or getting to favourite leisure activities.

Besides mobility solutions, the hosts presented other successful environmental protection projects. As a champion in the field of recycling, Ljubljana is increasingly affirming the introduction of an integrated circular economy, an inventive fight against invasive plants and the city's production of the highest quality honey.

Zala Strojin Božić from the Department of Environmental Protection of Ljubljana spoke about the project APPLAUSE (Alien PLAnt SpEcies) whose goal is to address the issues of managing invasive non-traditional plants through zero-waste approach and circular economy. Such plants are now being composted or burned, so Ljubljana decided to use them for other useful purposes.

Maruška Markovčič, also from the City Department of Environmental Protection spoke about urban beekeeping - the project of the City of Ljubljana and the Faculty of Architecture: the students designed and produced urban hives that at the same time respect the guidelines for bee breeding and enrich the urban space.

Participants were satisfied with the study tour, as besides the learning from good experience of Ljubljana, there was a possibility for interaction, networking and planning joint activities.

* Photo Gallery is available HERE.

 
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