To address road safety, ecology and mobility comprehensively

Nov 22, 2017

"Sound approaches to the road traffic organization within sustainable urban mobility plans: from theory to practice". That’s the name of a workshop that was held in Polack by “Supporting Green Urban Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities in Belarus” ("Green Cities") project, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Addressing the participants of the event, First Deputy Chairman of the Polotsk Regional Executive Committee Sergey Leichenko noted:

"Unfortunately, we often solve security problems at the expanse of ecology and mobility. I would like all three directions to be interrelated. We will tell you what has been done in Polotsk to date. We have introduced low-cost, but very effective measures. It really works. And today we have invited representatives of other cities to find out what is going on in this direction. Moreover, our experts will present best international experience. I would like to see improvements in the streets of our cities soon, so that local people appreciate our work. "

Pavel Astapenya, the project’s expert on sustainable transport was the main speaker of the seminar. He analyzed the widespread practice of designing urban transport infrastructure objects in the Republic of Belarus (street stretches, intersections, pedestrian crossings) and suggested ways of solving typical problems based on the best European practices. Pavel noted that many modern solutions in the field of traffic management have appeared in Belarus lately. He gave some specific examples from the experience of Brest, Minsk and Polack. 

Pavel presented experience in the use of RSA techniques (road safety audits), engineering audits and road safety measures to improve safety and efficiency of road traffic.

Vasily Kuzmenko, Head of the Research Center for Road Traffic, presented the possibilities of improving comfort and road safety in various parts of city streets from Minsk experience.

Evgeny Zhidkevich, the engineer of the State Road Police technical equipment and systems department of the Minsk City Executive Committee, told what modern technical solutions are being introduced by the traffic police of Minsk to improve road safety.

The main target audience of the training seminar was the road police representatives, as well as representatives of the capital construction managements and housing and communal services.

The “Green Cities” project is aimed at developing green urban development plans and implementing pilot initiatives on energy efficiency and sustainable transport. It promotes low-carbon cities development, including equal mobility options for socially vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 

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