The CIVINET Slovenia-Croatia-Southeast Europe recently convened a thematic webinar that brought to light tried and tested measures to achieve behavioural change in urban mobility.
The webinar was led by Magdalena Makar of ODRAZ, the non-profit organisation that runs the CIVINET Secretariat. She facilitated conversation among speakers including Nina Mia Čikeš (City of Zagreb), who spoke about the role of street art in mobility and the expansion of pedestrian zones in Zagreb. Fred Dotter, the coordinator of CIVITAS ELEVATE, responded to this intervention by expressing that messages are often as impactful as infrastructure!
Slovenia has rich experience implementing sustainable mobility projects; the webinar spotlit measures and activities in the cities of Ljutomer and Velenje. Mojca Balant from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia presented the ways that measures in Ljutomer’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) affected the redesigning of a key neighbourhood. Nela Halilović from the Institute for Spatial Policies used an example from Velenje’s Rudarska Street to illustrate the potential of temporary measures to achieve traffic regulation.
Speakers agreed: during the transition period as new measures are coming into place it is very important to facilitate communication among experts and communities to clarify all doubts. With persistence in implementation and clear communication, change is possible!
This webinar was organised as part of the CLIMASUM project, which is a part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) of Germany.