Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia with about 800,000 inhabitants living in the City of Zagreb administrative area. Mobility is one of the main strategic issues in Zagreb, and sustainable urban transport planning represents an important part in its strategic documents such as the City of Zagreb Development Strategy, the Zagreb City Master Plan, or the city’s spatial plan. All these documents strongly advocate alternative means of transport including public transportation, cycling and walking.
The city's strategic mobility projects and programmes focus on the modernisation of public transport, prioritising public transport in intersection management, energy-efficiency and car use rationalisation measures, integration of public transport systems into a single tariff union (bus and tram network, regional train), better use of existing railway infrastructure by providing improved service and building new stops, introduction of a light rail system and the completion of the bicycle network within the city and in the region.
Among other activities, the City Office for Strategic Planning and Development is responsible for the coordination and encouragement of regional development with urban transport and mobility being one of the key elements. It is involved in shaping the city’s strategic documents like the Zagreb Plan 2011-2013 and 2014-2020, a document that is based on partnership and participation. Further, the office is involved in EU projects such as CH4LLENGE, spatial data infrastructure, urban statistics and demography as well as in the coordination of efforts and cooperation at city, regional and national level. The management of public participation in city development processes is also one of the office’s chief tasks.
The City of Zagreb is one of the five Advancing Cities in the CH4LLENGE project and is taking steps forward in sustainable urban mobility planning. It will review and analyse its existing participation strategies and building on that, develop a new strategy for engaging stakeholders and citizens. In a participatory approach, a common vision for mobility will be developed, mobility priorities and goals will be set and the SUMP key measures will be agreed on. Not only relevant local, regional and national stakeholders will be involved – also cross-sectoral cooperation between institutions and disciplines will play a major role in the planning processes.
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