The 6th CIVINET Forum and study trip for the Network members was held in Beograd
The City of Belgrade hosted the 6th CIVINET Forum and a study tour for the members of the Network on September 30 and October 1, 2021.
This year, ODRAZ, as the Secretariat of the CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-SEE Network, organized a rich and diverse program in cooperation with the City of Belgrade and the Standing Conference of Cities and Municipalities in Serbia. The gathering brought together about 60 representatives of cities and municipalities, experts and representatives of the academic community and the civil sector from six countries, engaged in the idea of promoting sustainable urban mobility in cities.
The forum was preceded by a study trip on which the activities in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Beograd were presented.
Study trip (September 30th)
During a visit to the city administration for a group of 20 participants from Slovenia, Croatia, B&H, Montenegro and North Macedonia, on September 30, 2021, Ognjen Todorović from the Secretariat for Transport presented the achievements of Belgrade in the field of sustainable urban mobility. After the theoretical part, the hosts organized a field tour of the city by electric bus, bicycle and on foot for the participants.
6th CIVINET Forum (October 1st)
Forum brought together about 60 representatives of cities and municipalities, experts and representatives of academy sector and the civil sector from six countries, engaged in the idea of promoting sustainable urban mobility in cities.
The forum was opened by the city urbanist Marko Stojčić, Assistant Minister of Construction, Assistant Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Đordje Milić and Lidija Pavić-Rogošić from the Secretariat of the Network. On this occasion, Stojčić stated that the experience of Slovenia served to the City of Belgrade to see the achievements, obstacles and problems in implementing the idea of sustainable urban mobility in the large cities. They are proud of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan which a few months ago was among the three candidates to win the 9th European SUMP Award.
In the first part of the Forum the examples of good practice from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures were presented with a focus on ensuring accessibility in sustainable urban mobility plans.
The second part of the Forum began with a presentation by Ognjen Todorović, Head of the Department for Urban Mobility of the Secretariat for Transport of the City of Belgrade, about the process of developing the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the City of Belgrade 2030.
Vedran Kirinčić from the Technical Faculty in Rijeka referred on the topic of road traffic electrification with a focus on decarbonization of traffic based on renewable energy sources. The electrification of road transport is key to achieving the decarbonization and energy security targets, as road transport accounts for 25% of all EU CO2 emissions. He presented concrete examples from the City of Rijeka and the island of Krk.
Aljaž Plevnik from the Urban Institute of the Republic of Slovenia presented the parking policy in sustainable urban mobility through the Park4SUMP project which deals with the management of parking policies within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) to make SUMPs more efficient in achieving their goals. One of the goals of the project is to build the capacity of local and other transport authorities in their ability to manage parking measures as part of SUMP.
Krešimir Dvorski from the company Mobility city d.o.o presented two examples of good practice of micro-sustainable mobility – the system of public bicycles and electric scooters. Micro mobility is just one of the links in the chain of solving traffic problems, Dvorski believes.
The topic of improving accessibility in Novi Sad was presented by Valentina Mirović from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad and Miodrag Počuč from the Novi Sad consulting company ADOMNE. They presented the results of a traffic study entitled Application of the concept of “design for all” in public transport areas and in public transport from the perspective of traffic safety on the streets in the City of Belgrade.
Igor Velić from the Association for Traffic and Urban Planning Safe Trails from Bor, spoke at the Forum about the application of GIS in urban mobility on the example of two projects – “Urban Mobility Trails for the city of Bor” and “Mobile and web GIS application for people with disabilities“. Through these projects, Bor received two GIS softwares that are a useful tool for local governments and decision makers with the aim of strategic management of urban mobility.
Bojan Alimpić from JP Infrastructure Šabac described the process of developing the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the City of Šabac trough the project “Sustainable Urban Mobility in Cities and Municipalities of Serbia”. He pointed out that the most of the measures and activities in the SUMP are related to the improvement of the public transport system.
Nedim Begović from the Transport Community, an international organization in the field of mobility and transport, presented the role of the Transport Community in achieving smart and sustainable mobility in the Western Balkans. On this occasion, he presented the Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility for the Western Balkans. The Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community will support this process and assist regional partners.
Milena Solujić from the Urban Institute Belgrade presented Detailed regulation plan Linijski Park in Belgrade, emphasizing that the main goal of the Plan is the urban transformation of the railway around Kalemegdan and the formation of a linear green space.
In the panel discussion organized at the end of the conference, it was discussed how the accessibility of public space can be improved by developing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The panel, moderated by Klara Danilović from the SCTM, included: Jelena Nikolić from the City of Kruševac, Marko Stančec from ODRAZ (Network Secretariat), Nebojša Kalanj from the City of Koprivnica, Amela Šačirbegović from the Ministry of Transport of Sarajevo Canton and Djordje Mojović from EU project for accessible public institutions.
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