The round table on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning successfully held in Banja Luka

The round table on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, was successfully held in Banja Luka On 29 May 2018, organized by ODRAZ - Sustainable Community Development and City of Banja Luka. Some 60 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region - representatives of cities, faculties, ministries, associations and public and private companies engaged in traffic planning and mobility, had the opportunity to learn about examples of sustainable mobility from Ljubljana and Banja Luka and GIZ plans for the area of South East Europe.

Additionally, participants were presented activities that are part of the European Mobility Week in the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia and the recently established public bicycle sharing system ˝BL bike˝.

Igor Radojičić, Mayor of Banja Luka, said that the City of Banja Luka is currently working on several strategic documents that are largely concerned with traffic and mobility issues. The aim is to make the city of Banja Luka an open and friendly city - as a regional center, a city of favorable and business circles and a smart and green city. He announced that by the end of the year the adoption of the first Action Plan of the City of Banja Luka as a green city. He also informed the participants that the City of Banja Luka is in the phase of candidacy for the European Capital of Culture in 2024.

Srđan Škunca, CIVINET Network Coordinator, said they are engaged in mobility, transfer of good practices, sustainable development and all those segments that imply efforts to make our cities better places for life and work.

Introductory presentation on the topic "What is the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and what news brings in planning" was held by Aljaž Plevnik from the Urbanist Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. In his presentation, he pointed out that SUMP as a new approach to urban traffic planning is a complex process that deals not only with traffic but with the quality of life in cities. It has been shown that the cities that occupy the highest place for quality of life have the best managed public traffic. He concluded that mobility is not a planning area for itself, but its application improves the quality of life of all citizens.

Professor Janez Koželj, Deputy Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, held a presentation "Sustainable Mobility - Change Management". He said traffic planning in the city aims to reduce traffic in the city, especially the use of personal cars, further bringing changes to a sustainable city. By increasing intensity of intersections, expanding and building roads, automobile traffic is increasing, Koželj believes. People do not drive cars in a city where there are no available and inexpensive parking spaces. Driving with bicycles and public transport vehicles should not be considered as a supplement, but a substitute for driving a car, says Koželj.

Vlado Babić, from the City of Ljubljana, presented all contributions to the green identity of the City of Ljubljana and its title ˝the Green Capital of Europe 2016˝: among other things, an effective public bicycle system, modernized public traffic, electric car-sharing and shared-space on the central road of Ljubljana, Slovenska street. In recent years, Ljubljana has been devoted to the transformation of degraded areas into a green oasis and the establishment of an ecological zone in the city center. Green areas make up to 3/4 of the city's surface. Also, Ljubljana has four large landscapes representing 13.8% of the city's surface and 46% of the woods.

Through presentation "Cities of South Eastern Europe together for Sustainable and Energy Efficient Transport" Dubravka Bošnjak presented GIZ's plans for sustainable mobility for the South East Europe region. The aim is to establish a Regional Network in the partner countries of the SEE, which will contribute to the development of energy-efficient and climate-friendly urban mobility.

Tihomir Dakić, from the Center for Environment in Banja Luka and National Coordinator for the European Mobility Week in Bosnia, presented this European Initiative.

Last presentation of "Public Bicycle Sharing System in Urban Areas" was held by Ahmed Ćerimović from Nextbike Bosnia and Herzegovina. Public bicycle sharing system today exist in more than 900 cities worldwide and account for over 2 million bicycles, Ćerimović said. In the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Nextbike public bicycle system has been established in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Tuzla.

* Photo gallery of the event is available HERE.

* More about the activities of the CIVINET network is available on http://civinet-slohr.eu