The Ministry of Infrastructure, together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, U-Cycle (NGO "Association of Cyclists of Kiev"), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine and the G. Belle, Bureau Kiev-Ukraine begin the process of developing the National Cycling Strategy of Ukraine. First of all, it is intended to improve road safety, in particular for pedestrians and cyclists, and generally to popularize this type of transport in the country.
This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for European Integration Natalia Forsyuk during the press conference "Launch meeting for the development of the National Cycling Strategy" today, December 15.
The event was also attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ukraine Johannes de Mol, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Irina Stavchuk, Chairman of U-Cycle Bohdan Lepyavko, acting Andreas Birman, Head of Energy and Environment, United Nations Development Program in Ukraine; other industry experts, representatives of the public and the media.
“Zero emissions from transport is the main ambitious goal of Ukraine and all of Europe. Therefore, together with our partners, we are starting the process of developing a National Cycling Strategy in Ukraine. Popularization of cycling is also gaining additional importance in the context of a pandemic, as it allows for contactless individual movement. During the quarantine in March 2020, there was a significant increase in the use of bicycles and electric scooters by Ukrainians. We must develop a separate national document, which, first of all, will improve the level of road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, create a national network of cycling routes and appropriate infrastructure for this, and generally popularize this type of transport in Ukraine ", - said Natalya Forsyuk.
This, in turn, will contribute to an increase in investment in the construction of bicycle infrastructure and the development of the bicycle tourism potential of Ukraine.
According to the Deputy Minister, the development of the National Cycling Strategy is also one of the important steps in the implementation of the National Transport Strategy until 2030, which is now being actively implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure, headed by Minister Vladislav Krikliy.