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Comparing the results of autumn 2015 counting with those that were registered in autumn 2014, there can be seen a clear development of the number of cyclists, which increased by 10% in a year. In 2015 Kyiv Cyclists’ Association counted 2069 cyclists at 19 intersections in the autumn weekday (during two evening hours), while in 2014 there were only 1865 cyclists. Furthermore, the weather conditions on the counting days were roughly the same: the air temperature was +23-25°C in 2014 and +20-27°C + in 2015.
Considering the weekend day, in autumn 2015 there were registered significantly more cyclists than in autumn 2014: 2561 comparing to 1705. Therefore, in the weekend day at approximately the same whether parameters 33% more cyclists rode in Kyiv in 2015, comparing to 2014.
In autumn weekday 12% of women and 88% men were observed at the areas where the counting was done, while on the weekday the percentage of women rose significantly, reaching 20% among all cyclists. The observations done in other countries show that the more the fate of women among the urban cyclists, the safer the city’s road conditions for the cyclists are.
Riding on sidewalks
The counting allowed to reveal that in September 2015 the number of cyclists, who was riding on the road and the amount of those, who were moving on the sidewalks formed 50-50 proportion. At the weekend, the proportion slightly varies as 46% ride on the road, while 54% uses sidewalks. The biggest number of those, who ride on the sidewalks, was registered on Moskovskyi Bridge, Naberezhne Highway, Saint Volodymyr Descent and Honoré de Balzac Street, where the newly constructed bicycle track is situated. In 2014 about the same number of cyclists chose the sidewalk or the road to ride.
In 2015 two countings of cyclists were kept: in spring (April/May) and autumn (September), on a weekday and a weekend day. The counting was done in a rush hour: from 12 to 14 at the weekend day (Saturday) and from 17 to 19 at the weekday (Wednesday) in the spring and fall. In May 2016 Kyiv Cyclists’ Association will hold a cyclists’ counting for the third year in a row. Anyone can join a unique research of a bike traffic at 19 intersections in seven districts of Kyiv, becoming a project’s volunteer.
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“It was a long journey for all of us. But it happened, and we are very happy that it has happened in Lviv, the bicycle capital of Ukraine. Team NextBike Ukraine sincerely thanks the German Society for Cooperation GIZ, Lviv City Council, the German company Nextbike GMBH, our investors and all of those who were involved in the launching of this project, “- said the representatives of the company.
Currently, negotiations are continuing regarding expanding the network throughout Ukraine.
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With the idea of the local elected representatives, the program aims to contribute to the development of cycling in the city for “the preservation of ecological balance, improving the quality of life for the residents and increasing the attractiveness of the city.” The financing program allocated 21 660, 85 UAH. For the next 4 years, Cherkassy pledges to build 26 bicycle routes. 15 of them – on the city streets, and 11 as “recreation”.
Bicycle routes under the program
Details of the program can be found here.
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The program includes the following measures:
The total amount of financial resources needed to implement the program – 28,050.0 thousand UAH.
City budget – 4840.0 thousand UAH.
Funds from other sources – 23,210.0 thousand UAH.
You can view the document by reference.
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This translation was kindly made by Oksana Tarapatova, Kyiv Cyclists Association volunteer
In Kyiv and Rivne, cyclists met at the Independence Squares (of their cities) and they were drinking coffee together and talking to journalists.
Cyclists from Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kryvyi Rig also met at the main squares of their cities with coffee and biscuits before going to work.
In every city, there were from 10 to 20 participants, but much more Ukrainians had registered on the web-site of Winter Bike-to-Work Day.
It’s the second time Ukrainian cyclists celebrate Winter Bike-to-Work Day and join the world’s movement.
Myrhorod (Poltava region) has been developing the cycling concept since 2015 in cooperation with experts from Ukrainian information center of cycling using a German technique. According to the plan, by 2020 in Myrhorod 20 cycle routes will have been built and they are going to spend 30 million UAH on them. In general, according to the count of cyclists carried out by cycling volunteers in 12 cities of Ukraine in April and September 2015, Myrhorod is one of the most cycling cities in Ukraine. During 1 hour at 17 points they counted 2622 cyclists, 35% of which are women.
Cycling volunteers of Chortkiv (Ternopil region) developed a cycle concept in 2015 on their own. They plan to establish 7 cycle routes on the most important streets of the town + several recreational parks. The budget of the cycle concept, which is 110000 UAH, aims primarily at organizing cycling promotion events.
And in Dnipropetrovsk in 2015 the first kilometer of cycling route was opened. The city authorities promise not to stop and to continue building cycling infrastructure. And officials meanwhile promote an active lifestyle coming to work by bikes. The creation of bicycle paths in Dnipropetrovsk is carried out by the Department of Housing together with cycling volunteers of the city.
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The map of the cycling routes has been created with the help of the directory ‘How To Create a Cycling Network’. The activists started with determining the main routes of locals’ commutes.
Then they put the commuter routes on the street-road network. The heaviest routes got the first category (orange), the less important routes got the second category (shades of pink).
During the first phase it is recommended to create cycling routes in parks (vinous) and the recreational ones (green), because they are the easiest ones to start with.
Since the above mentioned routes have no commute sense without being united, 1st category routes are to be developed next. You can see the whole bicycle routes map following this link.
The separate part of the cycling program is the proposition of creating two-way cycling routes on one-way roads. On the map you can see the locations where two-way lanes should be created first.
A part of the first route that passes the Ternopil lake has already been marked. It has been made by activists and Yuri Sobi who has been assigned as a Ternopil Cycling Coordinator on one of the local city council’s meetings.
VeloTernopil also collects information as to the places where bike parking needs to be created. They will be placed not only related to the current planned cycling routes: but activists will share their preferences, too.
The initial city program project can be found here. The developers plan to finance it from the 5% of city transport budget.
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Ukrainian Cycling Information Center wishes luck to active cycling lovers in Ternopil!
The translation into English was kindly made by UCCE volunteer Iuliia Blyndiuk
Cycling NGOs and activists have sent their remarks regarding the Road Traffic bill that was being developed by the members of the National Road Traffic Safety Forum from April 2014 to June 2015.
Overall, the bill can be called auto-centered because it emphasizes the advantages of private auto transport over other modes of transport, such as public transport, cycling, and walking. For example, the project actually proposes to ‘prohibit the establishment of obstacles and barriers to parking on sidewalks’ and to ‘allow a U-turn across two lanes’.
At the same time, the bill contains some positive innovations for cyclists: permission to ride on the lanes reserved for the route vehicles, permission to ride in several rows (written down in an ambiguous form), the right to ride on sidewalks, and the rules, where cyclists younger than 14 years old must ride.
But still there are many unacceptable points for cyclers, pedestrians, not fully mobile participants of the road traffic. For example, it’s proposed to prohibit cycling on the roads where local authorities have increased the speed limit (without offering alternative routes). It’s also proposed to prohibit cyclers’ movement on roads with a dividing strip or with two carriage ways (e.g. boulevards) and to enforce winter cycling only with winter tires.
The remarks to the bill have been developed by 5 NGOs and signed by 7 NGOs.
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This morning cyclers arrived to the Independence Square from different city areas for a traditional ‘cycling breakfast’ to talk with each other, inspire passers by, and remind the city about the necessity of creation of cycling infrastructure.
The results of ‘Bike – Friendly Employer of the Year’ have also been announced there. IT company ZEO Alliance took the first place.
To read more about the event and find the photos of the columns, please click here.
Cyclists started arriving to the 95th quarter, the city center, for breakfast at 7 am. Cafe PanCoffeeman supported the initiative and opened an hour earlier to make coffee for the cyclists. It also presented discount cards (12%) to the early birds.
Bike to work day has passed in a flashmob format. 55 cyclers met in various areas of the city and got to the center in organized columns to have a breakfast from 8 to 9 am.
Cyclers agreed to meet at 7:30 am by the Lviv Cafe in order to have time to have a coffee and try a special ‘cycling menu’ created for them by the catering service ‘ Home Cafe’.
Over 50 cyclers took part in the Bike To Work day in Poltava – you could even notice some city administration representatives! The nice morning atmosphere inspired romantic conversations about travels… but everybody had to be at work on time.
Representatives of the local cycling business also took part – they offered discounts, free service, and presents.
NGO ‘Cycling Rivne’ invited local cyclists at the Independence Square in the early morning. Traditionally, it would not work without some aromatic coffee. This year the meeting attracted all the local entrepreneurs that build their businesses with the help of coffee shops for cyclists. The idea of focusing on cyclists also inspired Olexandr Starzhinskiy, a famous triathlonist. He was the first one to open a coffee shop for cyclers and called it Rover.
More than 50 persons took part in the flashmob, including guests from Germany. Cyclists were drinking coffee and promoting cycling lanes. They also passed some stickers and road rules to the City Administration that promised to bike to work the following Friday.
Members of Mukachevo Cycling Association selected and honored the best bike parking in the city. The award went to the local company called Flextronics.
‘It’s important that the factory leadership understands the importance of developing the cycling infrastructure in the city. It’s fashionable to use bike and to be healthy’. – Evgen Novak, the Head of MCA.