A discussion in Kyiv on the regulatory framework for bicycles

On May 20-21 a meeting was held in Kyiv to discuss the need for amendments to the legal framework of Ukraine for the planning and design of bicycle infrastructure. The meeting was attended by engineers and representatives of local governments of Ukrainian cities that are directly involved in planning and designing bicycle infrastructure, as well as German experts in bicycle infrastructure, the Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services, and the Kyiv Cyclists’ Association. The organizers of the meeting, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the NGO “Kyiv Cyclists’ Association” were technically supported by the companies DREBERIS, VCDB and PTV Group.

Photo: GIZ

Photo: GIZ

These discussions once again confirmed that the State Construction Standards of Ukraine (DBN) need to be revised to facilitate the development of cycling infrastructure in Ukrainian cities.  While the existing rules are quite clear, there is little reference on bicycle infrastructure – this is on the one hand side an enabling factor (if there is political will for cycling) but on the other hand side creates a lot of limitations (if cycling is seen as an nuisance).  Many of these rules are outdated and do not meet modern realities. The Ministry of Regional Development has already begun work on a study of some of the rules, including 360-92 ** and B.2.3-5-2001.

Photo: GIZ

A permanent working group was formed following the meeting to prepare amendments to legal acts in the field of cycling infrastructure, and will actively cooperate with relevant ministries and organizations working on new editions of relevant legal documents.  The coordinator of the group is Ksenia Semenova, National Policy Coordinator of the Kyiv Cyclists’ Association.

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