Second CIVINET Forum held in Rijeka

On the 9th of June the Second CIVINET Forum was held in Rijeka. Around 70 members of the CIVINET Slovenia - Croatia - SEE Network for Sustainable Urban Mobility gathered, as well as other actors interested in the topic of sustainable mobility. The topic of the second Forum was "Planning and managing sustainable transport: plans and realizations". The Forum was dedicated to the 11th Global Sustainable Development Goal: sustainable cities and communities, and it was organized by ODRAZ, the Secretariat of the CIVINET and the City of Rijeka as the Network coordinator.

The welcome address was given by the Network coordinator Srđan Škunca from the City of Rijeka, and the mayor of the city of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel also addressed the audience.

Sustainable urban mobility plans

The first part of the Forum was dedicated to the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP). Examples from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia were presented. The gathering started with the presentation of Aljaž Plevnik from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia -   "National level support to SUMP creations - good practices in Europe" (the presentation in Croatian). He presented the CIVITAS PROSPERITY, one of the most ambitious European projects on the topic of SUMPs, the aim of which is to foster cooperation between local and national decision-makers in the creation of national support schemes. Plevnik also announced national trainings about SUMPs for members from Slovenia and Croatia which will be held in the spring of the year 2018. The training would be organized in the cooperation with the Network.

The next topic, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the City of Sisak (SUMP) (the presentation in Croatian) was presented by prof. dr. sc. Davor Brčić and dr. sc. Marko Šoštarić from Institute for urban traffic of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. SUMP of the City of Sisak will present the fundamental transport-spatial plan by which the development of city transport system until 2030 is established and which should consequently influence the economic betterment of the City. The City Council of the City of Sisak adopted the Plan in March 2017.

Ljubljana is currently at the end of the preparation of its new SUMP, which was presented by Vlado Babić from the City of Ljubljana at the Forum (the presentation in Slovenian). This strategy is the result of implementation of many coordination meetings and public discussions with citizens, workshops for citizens and experts, conducted surveys and interviews, exhibitions and different events. It is envisaged that it will be adopted at the meeting of City Council in July 2017. The vision of sustainable mobility of Ljubljana until the year 2027: city trips consist of 35% pedestrian traffic, while the bicycle and public transport share is 16%, and the share of the motorized vehicles traffic is 33%.

SUMPs are currently being made in Slovenia using the same methodology and with a support of state. They will be the precondition for  EU funded projects.

Two examples from Serbia followed. Klara Danilović from Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities spoke about the beginnings of sustainable urban mobility planning in Serbia and presented the example of the city of Šabac (the presentation in Serbian). The topic of sustainable urban mobility has only recently started to gain importance in the cities in Serbia. Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, as the umbrella organisation gathering all Serbian cities and municipalities, has recently been more actively involved and supporting the topic of sustainable urban mobility in the cities. The City of Šabac has chosen urban mobility for one of its strategic commitments, using methodology of strategic participative planning SymbioCity, as part of international training financed by the Kingdom of Sweden.

The second example from Serbia was presented by Jelena Nikolić from the City of Kruševac, who spoke about the challenges in the redesign of traffic in the centre of the City of Kruševac (the presentation in Serbian). With the aim of planning of development of traffic, the City of Kruševac is the first city in Serbia which is creating its SUMP for the period from 2017 to 2030. She also mentioned some of the implemented measures for improvement of sustainable urban mobility in the city area, such as new bicycle lanes, zones of slow traffic, expansion of pedestrian zones and reconstruction of the pavement with the installation of tactile panels. Some of the suggested measures were not accepted by the citizens and thus one of the more important lessons learned is that it is important to hear the opinion of the citizens and to include them in the process.

Examples of the projects from Rijeka

Danijela Matejčić Miletić presented the example of application of energy-efficient vehicles in the work of KD Čistoća Rijeka (the presentation in Croatian), which has been introducing vehicles with reduced or zero-emission pollutants into the environment since 2014. After that the entrepreneurial project of electrification of automobiles of the company TORP d.o.o. was presented, which was initiated in the Business Incubator of the Rijeka Development Agency Porin. The director of Porin Ernest Cukrov shortly presented the work and the activities of the Agency (the presentation in Croatian), and further let young entrepreneur from Rijeka Teo Žikić speak, who is the creator of the first electric automobile from Rijeka (the presentation in Croatian). The vehicle has maintenance-free propulsion system and the whole project was conducted in cooperation with the City of Rijeka through its system of incentives for new companies.

Parallel activities

In the following part of the Forum two parallel activities were held, on which examples of sustainable urban mobility and development of cycling were presented. The project of establishment of rounded system of electromobility in the public utilities sector of the city of Varaždin was presented by Dražen Vrhovski from the company Wawa d.o.o. from Samobor (the presentation in Croatian), which recently joined the CIVINET Network. The system was established in cooperation with Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Republic of Croatia and Competence Center for Renewable Energy Resources from Varaždin.It consists of three key segments: solar power plant of the power of 23kW, economic electro-vehicles for logistics and fast AC charging station.

Slaven M. Tica from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering in Beograd presented two projects - Experience of projects of planning and designing of line network in the system of public urban and suburban transport of passengers in Beograd (the presentation in Serbian) and the international project - Usage of the potential of cycling and walking activity tracking in the function of sustainable transport - TRACE (Opening the cycling and walking tracking potential) (the presentation in Serbian), financed by the European Commission within the program Horizon 2020.

Bratislav Poprašić from Environmental Centre of Kruševac presented the project of organizing of passengers shipping on Sava and Dunav rivers in the area of the City of Beograd (the presentation in Serbian), which, after multiple failed attempts finally initiated the first phase in the year 2017.

Nextbike system of public bicycles in the context of sustainable mobility development in Croatia and the region (the presentation in Croatian) was presented by Krešimir Dvorski from Sustav javnih bicikala d.o.o. It is a system of public bicycles in Croatia with 20.000 users currently registered. Public bicycles are available in 10 Croatian cities and municipalities: Zagreb, Karlovac, Gospić, Brinje, Slavonski Brod, Ivanić Grad, Zadar, Šibenik, Makarska and the island Lastovo. Cities Velika Gorica and Metković have also recently joined the system. Outside of Croatia, this system is currently available in Sarajevo.

A project "Beograd by bicycle" (the presentation in Serbian) was presented by Ana Delipar from the City of Beograd. It is a project within which 150 stations for bike-renting are expected to be installed in the streets of Beograd within the next two years. Further, 120 km of the new bicycle network will be built and 200 new locations for bike-parking will be set. Very important part of the project are also education and public awareness campaigns with the emphasis on health benefits of cycling, programs specially designed for children, yearly manifestations "Without cars" etc.

New integrated approach to planning for creating of good conditions for bicycle transport as a key novelty in the process also includes modern information and communication technology (ICT). Polonca Andrejčič Mušič from the company CISUM d.o.o. from Ljubljana spoke about smart, innovative management of bicycle traffic (the presentation in Slovenian). A new integrated system for management of bicycle traffic, which CISUM is  currently creating, will enable harmonised smart management of bicycle traffic in the whole area of the City as well as virtual connecting with all bigger bicycle centres in the neighbourhood. The idea is to promote high-quality conditions for sport, recreational and touristic cycling outside urban areas, besides everyday cycling.

A visit to good practice examples

After the end of the presentational part of the program, participants of the Forum could choose a visit to either City transport centre or Port control centre. In the City transport centre a system for automatic management of traffic (AUP) was presented to visitors. The aim of this system with its technological possibilities is to manage traffic optimally within the given conditions and it is one of the most advanced technological achivements in the field of traffic automation.

Port control centre is a Port of Rijeka Authority centre for monitoring of maritime traffic. It is located in the western part of the building of the new passenger port terminal, and it started working on the 1st of July 2009. The system for monitoring of maritime traffic and communication with ships consists of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) which is an electronic maritime map on which data from the radar sensor and system of automatic identification of ships (AIS) are integrated. Additional integration of the system consists of communication VHF system, hydrological data, maritime and port areas video surveillance and project management information system (PMIS) of maritime activities in the area of the port.

///All presentations are available on the web site of the CIVINET Network. A photo gallery from the event can be viewed HERE.