SUMCITYNET: cities towards increasing accessibility and sustainable climate-proof urban mobility

SUMCITYNET: cities towards increasing accessibility and sustainable climate-proof urban mobility

The SUMCITYNET project, PLBU.02.01.00-UA-0697/17-00, is implemented within the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 https://www.pbu2020.eu/en under the European Neighborhood Instrument
The project is implemented within programme priority: 2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure

Locations of the project activities:
Ukraine - Lviv, Drohobych, Stryi, Lutsk, Kovel, Novovolynsk, Uzhhorod, Mukachevo, Khust, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kalush, Kolomyja;
Poland - Rzeszów, Krosno, Sanok, Przemyśl;
Belarus - Hrodna, Lida, Pinsk, Brest, Baranavičy, Kobryn, Niasviž, Maladziečna, Salihorsk, Homieĺ, Žlobin

Total project duration: 24 month – May 2020-April 2022

Тotal budget: 518294,56 EURO
Co-financing of the European Union: 466465,10 EURO

Lead Beneficiary Agency for sustainable development of the Carpathian region "FORZA", Ukraine

Beneficiary 1 Rzeszow Regional Development Agency, Poland

Beneficiary 2 Non-governmental organization "Belarussian Transport Union", Belarus

Beneficiary 3 Uzhhorod city council, Ukraine

Beneficiary 4 Pinsk City Executive Committee, Belarus

Overall objective of the project
To improve accessibility of urban areas and provide solutions to sustainable and effective mobility and transport to, through and within the cities in the selected regions of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

Specific objectives

  1. To enhance cross-border cooperation in the field of sustainable climate-proof urban mobility via building effective partnership among cities and organizations in project area, knowledge transfer, experience sharing and joint implementation of works.
  2. To improve sustainable urban mobility services and infrastructure through elaboration of pilot Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and introduction of innovative solutions in project partner cities and improve accessibility of the city environment as a part of SUMP implementation.
  3. To increase awareness of urban inhabitants along with building of capacity of municipality staff on issues of sustainable urban mobility, meaning equal accessibility of urban spaces and mobility for all people, environmentally friendly, low-carbon, climate-proof transport systems.

Project activities:
1) Current state and gap analysis of the urban mobility situation in the partner cities incl. surveys

  • Analysis of current state of the urban public transportation system by the transport department of Uzhhorod city council with elaboration of report;

  • Public awareness survey through on-line questionnaire among Uzhhorod residents;

  • Field survey of public transport in Pinsk to analyze of the route network and assess the quality of public transport infrastructure (stopping points, information tables with public transport routes, lighting, and accessibility);

  • Field survey of the city’s road network in Pinsk to analyse the quality of roads, quality, quantity and location of parking places, road safety (including accident analysis according to road police), study of the load on the road network (all modes of transport), street lighting, quality and availability of public spaces, bicycle infrastructure;

  • Public awareness survey. The survey will be conducted through on-line questionnaire among 1000 Pinsk residents;

2) Elaboration of 2 SUMPs, environmentally friendly and climateproof, in partner cities of Uzhhorod and Pinsk

  • Introductory public meetings in Uzhhorod and Pinsk for municipality rerpesentatives, stakeholders, wide public and media to present the aim, process, expected outputs of the Uzhhorod and Pinsk SUMP, inform and involve stakeholders and public;
  • Series of SUMP working meetings in Uzhhorod and 10 in Pinsk to defining measures and means of implementation on various aspects of the SUMP, namely: cycling infrastructure; pedestrian infrastructure network; facilities for wheelchair/decreased mobility customers; facilities for people with eyesight and hearing issues; public transport systems; congestions improvement; solutions of noise and dust issues; connections between subunits of the city (large companies - residential blocks; recreation areas - residential blocks etc.); reduction of private car use; parking infrastructure; safety of mobility along with other mobility issues;

  • Conclusive public meeting in Uzhhorod and Pinsk for municipality rerpesentatives, stakeholders, wide public and media to present the elaborated draft of Uzhhorod and Pinsk SUMP for public discussion;

  • Monitoring and evaluation of SUMP activities in Uzhhorod and Pinsk and dissemination to the stakeholders;

3) Capacity building of municipality and local authorities' staff and professionals in project area

  • Kick-off conference in Uzhhorod;

  • Workshops on issues of sustainable mobility (SUM), sustainable mobility planning (SUMP);

  • Sustainable Mobility Forums in Poland;

  • 6 best practices exchange study tours;

  • Final conference in Rzeszów;

  • Translation of best international practices concerning urban planning.

4) Improvement of constructive and informational accessibility in the partner cities of Uzhhorod and Pinsk

in Uzhhorod:

  • 5 uplifted pedestrian road crossings, painted white for visually impaired;

  • 20 Sidewalk pavement depressions for people with mobility difficulties;

  • Reconstruction of 5 road crossing with tactile paving for visually impaired;

  • 5 parklets at the main city hubs;

  • 2 covered bicycle parkings;

in Pinsk:

  • 5 parklets at the main city hubs;

  • 3 thematic public space playgrounds;

  • 5 “Push the button” traffic light systems;

  • 4 covered bicycle parkings;

  • 10 accessibility ramps;

  • 20 pavement depressions for people with mobility difficulties;

5) Improvement of transport and mobility services and introduction of innovative transport solutions

  • Adjustment of traffic light system in Pinsk;

  • Traffic cameras at the main streets of Uzhhorod;

  • Mobile app "Moovit" for Pinsk for route planning for people with mobility issues;

  • Mobile app "Cycling Uzhhorod” will be developed with the goal to highlight to the user information about the bike parkings, bike shops, bike friendly cafes, local attractions for visiting cyclists and with the time about the biking lanes and roads;

6) Establishment of SUMCITYNET open partnership network
The SUMCITYNET network will be established within the project as a professional communication network for cities from the Programme region who have or plan to develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan or its elements, introduce sustainable mobility solutions as well as supportive organizations, such as NGOs, professional associations, business in field of innovative solutions etc.

7) Awareness raising campaigns on sustainable climate proof urban mobility

  • "Share the road" campaigns in all countries;
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign: posters, booklets from all aspects of the urban mobility.

8) Project management and administration
The SUMCITYNET Project will be implemented by joint forces of all Beneficiaries respectively to their task assignment. Steering Committee and Project management team will be established.

What is it about? European Mobility Week from 16th to 22nd of September is a European Initiative with the aim to promote climate-friendly mobility.