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Cycling in Lviv / Ukraine

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Background and Objectives

Ukrainian cities are under immense pressure: Private cars – new and used ones – are flooding cities, buses and trams are stuck in traffic jams, parking cars are blocking sidewalks and accident rates are increasing. Increasing local emissions and increasing CO2-emissions are major concerns.

In this context, the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv has taken the strategic decision to develop cycling as regular mode of transport: Improved cycling infrastructure and active promotion of cycling as modern, clean and truly European mode of transport will help to increase the share of cyclists. This will make Lviv a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable place for its citizens and guests.

Today, less than 2 per cent of Lviv’s citizens are using the bicycle, but there are good reasons that this share can climb to Western European levels.


Lviv is using a systemic approach to develop cycling infrastructure and to improve the situation of cyclists in a comprehensive way. This approach includes:

-         Establishment of regular working group:

o       Members of the working group are representatives of the city administration, of planning and design institutes, of NGOs and of other stakeholders. The working group meets regularly to initiate projects and activities and to monitor progress. The working group is headed by vice mayor Oleh Synutka. The Mayor Andriyy Sadovyy is fully supporting all activities and a cyclist himself.

-         Development of 9-year implementation plan for the set-up of cycling infrastructure:

o       Based on a cycling plan (which has been approved by city council in 2010) the implementation plan sets up a clear concept, that until 2019, 270 km of cycling infrastructure will be built. The Executive Committee of the City of Lviv has approved this implementation plan. It can be found here:  http://www.city-adm.lviv.ua/news/images/stories/program_bicycle_network_lviv.pdf   

-         Position of cycling advisor as focal point:

o       The cycling advisor in Lviv - the first such position in Ukraine - is actively pushing forward the execution of the cycling plan and coordinates with various actors in the city. An interview with the cycling advisor Oleh Shmid about his tasks and responsibilities can be found here: http://www.sutp.org/documents/DOC-SUTECA-OSHMID-EN.pdf

-         Development of technical recommendations:

o       Technical recommendationshave been developed to facilitate planning and implementation of infrastructure and to incorporate new international findings. The recommendations will be constantly updated to reflect lessons learnt and legal changes.

-         Seed investment by city council:

o       The City Council is actively pursuing additional internal and external funds to maintain the rapid pace of progress.

-         Use of EURO2012-preparation:

o       Lviv is one of the host cities of next year’s EURO2012-football-championship – in this course, numerous infrastructure facilities will be refurbished. The City of Lviv has decided that all refurbished road infrastructures will be complemented with cycling infrastructure.

-         Active promotion:

o       Lviv in cooperation with local NGOs, bicycle dealers and other partners is actively promoting the use of bicycles among its citizens. In 2011, the European Mobility Week provided an excellent opportunity for numerous activities, such as bike excursions, competitions, girls-on-bikes parades and other activities. Documentation here: http://www.mobilnist.org.ua/en/downloads/doc_download/43-european-mobility-week-2011-in-lvivukraine.htmlLviv is also expanding the cooperation with other cycling cities world-wide.

Until September 2011, 8 km of new infrastructure have been built.

The development of cycling is hampered by outdated planning norms and the fact, that most planners haven’t have yet the chance to plan and experience cycling infrastructure. Therefore, key issues for further work include – besides the further implementation of infrastructure – the update of national legislation and training for planners.


Lviv is the first Ukrainian city with a comprehensive approach towards the development of cycling. The active combination of various efforts has contributed to the rapid construction of first cycling infrastructure in Lviv. A lively community of citizens, cycling activists, sportsmen, and decision-makers is eagerly waiting to use the new infrastructure and to change the picture of mobility in Lviv – towards more sustainable and human patterns.

Lviv / Ukraine has a population of about 760,000. It is the administrative, industrial, cultural and educational center of Western Ukraine. The city center of Lviv is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city will host 3 matches of the EURO2012 championship.

More on: http://lviv.travel/and http://www.city-adm.lviv.ua/

GIZworks in the City of Lviv / Ukraine in the framework of the project „Climate-friendly mobility in Ukrainian Cities“ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.  The project is financed in the context of the International Climate Protection Initiative. More information can be found on www.mobilnist.org.ua    

Contact: Ostap BUDENKEVYCH

Foreign economic relation and investment office of Lviv City Council

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Advisor of Lviv’s mayor on cycling issues

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Міський транспорт і здоров’я – відтепер і російською мовою

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Цей модуль написаний командою експертів Всесвітньої організації охорони здоров’я (ВООЗ). В ньому подані найактуальніші доступні дані и продемонстровано шляхи впливу міського транспорту на здоров’я людини. Тут зібрані інформація та інструменти необхідні для оцінки позитивного або негативного впливу транспортних проектів і політики на здоров’я. В цьому модулі також описано політики здорового транспорту, і продемонстровано, яким чином можна отримати додаткові переваги від цих політик зважаючи на інші принципи сталого транспорту (наприклад, зменшення викидів парникових газів). За допомогою найкращих практик зібраних зі всього світу читач зможе побачити як містам вдалось підвищити рівень здоровя та якість життя громадян. Тепер модуль доступний і російською мовою. Завантажити


Now in Russian language: «Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide»

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The Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide is the most comprehensive resource for planning a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, beginning with project preparation all the way through to implementation

Bus Rapid Transit systems have proven to be catalysts in transforming cities into more livable and human-friendly environments. The appeal of BRT is the ability to deliver a high-quality mass transit system within the budgets of most municipalities, even in low-income cities. Planning and implementing a good BRT system is not easy. This guide aims to make the task a little easier.

Beginning with an overview of BRT, the Planning Guide proceeds to give a step-by-step description of the planning process, including operational design, financial modeling, physical design, multi-modal and land use integration, business plan development, communications and marketing, contracting, vehicle and fare collection technology, evaluation, and implementation.

The BRT Planning Guide is intended as a guidance document mainly for planning and engineering professionals. However, others, such as non-governmental organizations, national and regional policymakers, and business groups, will find it a valuable resource as well, when advocating for their issues and finding solutions to the problems that they are addressing.

This edition, expanded to over 800 pages, includes contributions from a wide range of professionals and practitioners with direct experience in designing and implementing BRT systems all over the world.

The Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide is copyrighted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). It is intended for technical and educational use only and may not be used for commercial purposes. It may not be reprinted or modified without the explicit authorization of ITDP.

The BRT Planning Guide is co-edited by Lloyd Wright, Executive Director of Viva; and Walter Hook, Executive Director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). It was developed through support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Global Environment Facility/United Nations Environment Programme, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The translation to Russian language has been prepared by the project “Climate-friendly mobility in Ukrainian cities”. This project is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the context of the International Climate Protection Initiative. More on www.mobilnist.org.ua/home

Download:  intro + 0 – 267, 31 MB,   Part 2: 268 – 425, 23 MB,  Part 3: 426 – 575, 25 MB,  Part 4: 576 – 683, 20 MB,  Part 5: 684 – 859, 19 MB,  Part 6 - end: 860 – 1006, 12 MB


Ukrainian Center for Cycling Expertise has been launched

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Cycling is enjoying increasing popularity in Ukrainian cities. However, there is no comprehensive and professional source of information or entity that provides clear information to municipalities on benefits of developing cycling infrastructure and, the most important, how to do it properly.

As more and more cities are implementing or are considering implementing cycling infrastructure, Kyiv Cyclists' Association with the support of German International Cooperation (GIZ) has launched the Ukrainian Center for Cycling Expertise (UCCE). UCCE is an information hub accumulating all cycling-related documents and best practices useful for municipalities, traffic engineers and everyone interested in the development of cycling infrastructure. The center provides free access to all its information and is available at www.velotransport.info. More: PDF iN ENGLISH

UCCE develops its activities with the following purposes:

  • to provide quality professional information to decision-makers, engineers and planners on development of cycling infrastructure;
  • to identify good and poor practices in the development of cycling infrastructure;
  • to develop recommendations for inclusion in technical and regulatory guidelines;
  • to share knowledge with and encourage active participation of local NGOs and civic initiatives;
  • to foster cycling in a strategic manner.

The Center is currently filling up its knowledge database. If you have any information, good illustrative photos to be published, or have ideas about any other way to cooperate, please contact Ksenia Semenova, Center's Coordinator, at semenova {a} velotransport.info.

Ukrainian Center for Cycling Expertise is an advisory and information center that strategically aims at promoting cycling as an integral component of sustainable mobility in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Center for Cycling Expertise is a project of Kyiv Cyclists' Association implemented with support of the Climate Friendly Mobility in Ukrainian Cities project of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.


“Sustainable Mobility in Ukrainian Cities: Cycling ahead”

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The international conference “Development of Sustainable Mobility in Ukrainian Cities: Cycling ahead” (Lviv/Ukraine, 6-7 December 2011) focused on the development of cycling in Ukrainian cities: approaches, best practices and lessons learnt.

The conference was attended by representatives of more than ten Ukrainian cities from city councils, NGOs, city planning institutes and other stakeholders. Oleh Shmid, advisor to the Mayor of Lviv on cycling issues, presented first results of Lviv in developing cycling infrastructure both in theory and practice: The participants enjoyed the opportunity to see the existing Lviv cycling infrastructure during a guided tour.  Numerous other cities shared the experience of cycling development and promotion in their cities. One of most important issue was the reformation of existing road design norms to better consider the needs of cyclists.

Experts from Germany presented insights on the elaboration of cycling recommendations in Germany and about first results of public bike sharing systems in Eastern Europe. The team leader of “Sustainable mobility in Ukrainian Cities”, Armin Wagner (GIZ), spoke about mobility challenges in Ukraine. Ksenia Semenova presented the Ukrainian Center for Cycling Expertise (www.velotransport.info) as future focal point for knowledge about cycling in Ukrainian cities.

All materials can be downloaded here: http://www.mobilnist.org.ua/en/downloads/cat_view/38-cycling-and-walking/57-download-presentations-final-conference-qcycling-aheadq.html