Furthermore, as a result of initiatives coming from other parts of the city, the City’s “Transport Policy Proposal until 2020” includes plans for pedestrian zones and reduced speed zones at several other locations in Ljubljana. Furthermore, there is evidence that other Slovenian cities are following Ljubljana’s example and there are regular news on communities taking away space for cars and giving it to people.Ljubljana managed to make road traffic safer through the introduction and enforcement of speed limits and reduction of motorised traffic in the city centre. Therefore, the city is implementing a combination of different activities to increase the safety of all traffic users, the most vulnerable traffic participants in particular.The municipality has reduced the speed limit in most of the city centre from 50 km/h to 30 km/h and has enforced this new speed limit effectively. In addition, the city aims to improve cooperation among enforcement agents and provide training for even more effective enforcement.
The main objectives of the measure were to:
- Increase safety for all road users, especially the most vulnerable ones by reducing the speed limit in most of the city centre from 50 to 30 km/h;
- Enhance and redesign public space and the well-being of residents and visitors;
- Reduce the number and impact of road accidents;
- Provide training for better qualitative implementation of enforcement tasks;
- Improve cooperative efforts among city enforcement agents.
Ljubljana has introduced new pedestrian zones, new parking areas for people living in new pedestrian zones, one-way streets and reduced speed streets or zones and higher speed regime for main avenues. While there are already a few areas and streets in the city centre that have a 30 km/h speed limit, this area has been extended to only leave out the busiest roads used by public transport. The public has been informed about the benefits of the measure and devices have been installed to help sanction violations. The reduced speed limit not only helps to improve safety in the city centre but also contributes to less transit traffic through the city centre. Ljubljana has in the past few years expanded pedestrian, reduced speed zones and one –way streets f to 2.129 hectares (2013).