Ljubljana has seen an increase in the number of cyclists in recent years and aims to make cycling the first choice of transport mode for its residents, commuters and visitors by achieving a 15% modal split for cycling by 2020.
Strong bottom-up cycling advocacy: cycling platform, cycling coordinator and NGO Ljubljana Cycling Network
Promotion via different channels
Areas for improvement:
comfort and safety for cyclists on the cycle paths
Integration of cycling in all traffic decisions
Less focus on car traffic in general transport policy
Balanced expansion of bicycle sharing system
Structural evaluation and monitoring of cycling indicators
As a result a cycling strategy for the period 2012 -2020 had been developed and a number of priority measures highlighted. The two measures implemented within the CHAMP project are outlined below.
The Ljubljana Self-analysis, Peer-review, Gap-analysis, Strategy and Measure implementation Plans are available for download in the document section below.
I walk the path you cycle
Increased levels of cycling and the extension of the central pedestrian zone has led to an increase in complaints from pedestrians about cyclists’ behaviour. "I walk the path you cycle” campaign aimed to improve coexistence between the two modes in Ljubljana’s pedestrian zone and reduce the number of incidents reported.
A study of cyclists and pedestrians was carried out in the target area, based on the Dutch (Fietsberaad ) method of counting and defining critical locations.
An initial survey examining perceived and experienced conflicts was conducted both online and by stopping people in the pedestrian zone.
1000 flyers were distributed and a cargo bike with a campaign poster was also strategically parked in the area.
The online and on-site survey was repeated after the campaign.
The campaign was well accepted among cyclists with 50% believing that regular campaigns can lead to better coexistence:
77% thought that signs were needed to encourage cyclists to make detours from the pedestrian area and 65% would use such a detour.
An increase in the number of complaints of conflict from both pedestrians and cyclists, most likely due to increased publicity of the issue as a result of the campaign.
The ‘I walk the path you cycle’ was a successful campaign in raising the issue of coexistence between cyclists and pedestrians and was well received by citizens, politicians and the media. Such campaigns serves to highlight the importance of both active modes and repeating them on a regular basis can help consolidate the affect and lead to long term behaviour change.
MORE INFORMATION: A more detailed case study as well as the campaign flyer is available in the document section below
A bicycle account was established in Ljubljana in order to evaluate the cycling measures planned and invested in, through the systematic collection of reliable cycling data and citizen feedback on the cycling facilities and policy. A working group was established which drafted a minimum selection of data to be collected:
count of cycling traffic
bicycle infrastructure &maintenance
traffic accidents in which cyclists are involved
modal split data
interviews and surveys to evaluate the satisfaction of cycling conditions among citizens
The data was amalgamated into a bicycle account document and a long version was published for decision makers and technicians and a shorter version for the general public.
The bicycle account recieved public praise from the Mayor and several of the city council boards.
120, 000 copies of the bicycle account were distributed to households in the city.
50% of citizens were aware of the bicycle account and of those 98% were very satisfied with it.
As a result of bicycle account the city will upgrade four existing bicycle counters with totem displays and add one additional totem on the main avenue Slovenska street.
Strong political will to publish the account was effective at ensuring data was made available. The process also highlighted gaps in available data which will be rectified in future accounts.
Bicycle accounts are an effective way of measuring the progress and results of a city’s cycling strategy. Not only do they illustrate the current status of cycling but they bring it to the attention of politicians and citizens and can be an effective tool for increasing. By involving all citizens in its creation and dissemination, it shows that the municipality considers cycling important.
MORE INFORMATION: A more detailed case study as well as the bicycle account is available in the document section below
CHAMP legacy in Ljubljana
Modal split survey - a survey of mobility habits of citizens had not been conducted since 2003. The data was incorporated into the bicycle account.
Communication plan is being developed on how to target specific groups and the key messages to use.
Cyclist platform - regular meetings of a forum of stakeholders to give input into the cycling policy and priorities has been established.
Cycling priority routes network plan - is under development with plans for new signage, branding and routes.
Bicycle parking plan - including an inventory of available parking and new bicycle parking standards.
Safety plan - is under construction with a strong emphasis on ‘safety by design’ and speed reduction with the aim of reducing the number of traffic accidents involving cyclists.
Cycling and public transport - in 2012 it became free to carry a folding bicycle on city buses and some bus stops have been equipped with bicycle racks.
Recycling bicycles - support is being given to groups who, collect, recycle and re-distribute bikes.
Shopping by bicycle - a campaign to get people to shop by bike is planned which will include the promotion of cargo bikes.
Read more about the CHAMP legacy in Ljubljana in the document section below!
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