Panel discussion „Consultation of Citizens on Traffic Issues and Mobility“ held in Zagreb

On 24th of October 2017, ODRAZ organized a panel discussion "Consultation of Citizens on Traffic Issues and Mobility" within the project "Mobility Dialogue in Zagreb" and together with the Network for Sustainable Urban Mobility CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE. The participants learned about the Slovenian challenges of public involvement in the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility plans (SUMP), the results and experiences of the projects "Dialogue on Mobility in Zagreb" and CIMULACT were presented. Also, ODRAZ's latest short film on citizen participation in mobility planning was shown.

Some forty participants - representatives of local governments, civil sector, public institutions, business sector and the media participated in the gathering. Vlado Babić from the City of Ljubljana, member of the network CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE, presented the Challenges of Public Involvement in the Development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) in Slovenia.

Goran Lampelj, from the Cyclists' Union, presented the results of the project "Dialog on mobility in Zagreb". The conclusion of the project is that continuous efforts should be made to develop and strengthen the dialogue between city administration and local self-government with the aim of making this dialogue a habitual practice. It is necessary to animate and motivate all groups of participants, identify and promote examples of good practice, introduce and implement communication channels, and encourage greater interest of local media for such meetings.

After that, Lidija Pavić-Rogošić presented the experience of the CIMULACT project, explaining the participants how the process of defining joint vision for community development could be conducted by citizens.

The participants actively participated in the discussion after the presentations, and mostly talked about examples of good practice.

As part of the event, a new ODRAZ's short film "Dialogue for Better Mobility in City" was shown, which illustrates the importance of communication between citizens and city administration.

* The panel discussion was organized within the project "Dialog on mobility in Zagreb " and with the support of the City of Zagreb and the Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia, and as a planned activity of CIVINET.

* Photo gallery from the event is available HERE.

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