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Ljutomer (Slovenia)

The municipality of Ljutomer is a municipality in northeastern Slovenia, some 40 kilometers (25 mi) east of Maribor in Mura Statistical Region. Its largest settlement and the administrative center is Ljutomer.

The city's urban mobility main goals are: establishing a vibrant community tailored to the people; enabling quality accessibility of all goals in the municipality; ensuring mobility for all residents and visitors of the municipality; ensuring high traffic safety, especially for the most vulnerable road users; reducing the negative effects of transport on the environment and the health of the population.

One of the current challenges that the city has is a lack of planning practices. It will be necessary to upgrade the practice of spatial and traffic planning, especially in the field of state infrastructure. The focus on it is essential because it represents a significant share of transport connections in the municipality, and in the field of integration of spatial and traffic planning in planning processes in the municipality.

Another of the problems that the city has to face is the poor travel habits that are strongly ingrained in the citizen. Despite a series of measures to ensure better conditions, significant changes in travel habits have not yet been achieved. The data show that residents still travel a large proportion of the journey by car and a very small proportion by its alternatives.

Our main difficulty to change the travel habits of the citizen is that the supply of public passenger transport is still declining. During weekdays, the number of connections to many centres in the region has halved. Even worse are the bus connections on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Conditions for walking and cycling are still poor: the deployment of some new activities (especially shops) has extended routes and encouraged residents to use cars more. A similar limitation for residents is the infrastructure for walking and cycling. Although recent road projects also include side walks and bike paths, their implementation lags behind good practice elsewhere.

The last point we are working on as a municipality is the low quality of life, due to road motorized traffic. Analysis showed that traffic safety in some places is poor due to unpaved side walks, wide roads, unregulated pedestrian crossings, and especially on collection roads due to excessive speeds of some drivers. An important part of traffic through the city is still transit traffic. Infrastructural adjustments are often made at the expense of urban space and its non-motorized users, and the quality of life of residents along this road is further reduced by noise and poorer air quality.

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