UNDP has launched a new project on designing bike routes in Almaty
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commissioned Witteveen+Bos to perform a pilot project for a further developing of cycling infrastructure in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The UNDP jointly with Akimat has recently completed the development of City of Almaty Sustainable Transport strategy for 2013-2023. Strategy envisages a more integrated approach, combining various modes of transport in a single system, and coordinating transport system with urban development plans. The core of this project is a shift from car use to more sustainable forms of mobility. Promotion of bicycle use by a specific pilot with bicycle infrastructure is one of the projects in the action program. Witteveen+Bos will support the city by means of a design for the pilot route and knowledge about bicycle planning and design standards.
The first meeting of the focus group took place on 23 October 2013 to discuss issues related to the design of the pilot bike route. More than 20 people attended the meeting, including representatives of the cycling initiative groups "Velo-Almaty" and "Velo-Community" and students of the Almaty universities.
In Kazakhstan, especially from recreational and sport perspective the interest in cycling is great. Due to the general lack of bicycle infrastructure the use of bicycles as a mode of transport for daily trips is a missed opportunity. The project has an important goal as to increase so called utilitarian bicycle by developing the cycling infrastructure (a detailed design of the pilot route and parking).
For this assignment Witteveen+Bos cooperates with Kazakh mobility experts, bicycle initiative groups and the municipality Almaty in the form of workshops and frequent local presence of the project team. The project can lead to a basis for the preparation of design guidelines for Kazakh cycling infrastructure.
Yulia Kaufman, PR-specialist of the GEF/UNDP project "City of Almaty Sustainable Transport":
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