On March 15th and 16th, the project fifth peer review will be hosted by the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Experts coming from the other project partners will provide advice to the Region regarding sustainable mobility at the application level on the one hand and at the strategic level on the other hand, also in relation to the improvement of strategies on retail-related mobility.
The peer review will concentrate on mobility issues related to 2 cities in particular: Ostrava and Opava.
Ostrava (300,000 inhabitants) is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region (1,2 million inhabitants) and together with other four nearby cities with above 50 thousand inhabitants each (including City of Opava), form an agglomeration with around 1 million inhabitants. The city of Ostrava is the core urban node within network TEN-T and is located on the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor. The city hosts three universities and since the 1990s has been dealing with an economic transformation from the dominant heavy and mining industry to modern engineering and automotive industry and IT services.
The city of Opava (58,000 inhabitants) is the administrative centre of the Opavian subregion (around 120,000 inhabitants) and is located in the western part of the Ostravian agglomeration. Opava hosts the university and serves as a regional center of its area. Five key regional roads cross in its centre. Several years ago, the rail track between Opava and Ostrava was modernised and electrified, which increased accessibility to both cities. The highway connection to Ostrava is under construction.
In recent years both cities have undergone a significant change in the field of sustainable transport; thanks to European funds, the progressive modernisation of public transport has started (transport terminals, public transport vehicles, intelligent telematic systems) and the cycling network infrastructure has expanded. In the years 2014-2015, both cities officially finished the preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and were the first Czech cities to have their SUMP approved.
Through the peer review, the Moravian-Silesian Region would like to focus on the following issues related to the both cities Ostrava and Opava:
- how to set up the planning and implementation of soft measures within SUMP
- what are the possibilities for effective monitoring and evaluation of SUMP
- what steps are necessary for setting up a functional Park & Ride and Park & Go system
- how to set up "P&R standard" (requirements on standard parking in P&R mode) for the city of Ostrava
- how to set links between P&R system and public transport (tariff integration)
- how to set up the relationship between new P&R out of the border of the city centre and the existing and respectively new P&G located within the city centre
- what are the good and bad experiences with the acceptance of changes in the parking policy by target groups of residents, visitors and work commuters to the city centre
- what measures are needed for the expansion of parking zones and pedestrian zones in the city centre
- how to increase the share of passengers in the public transport (optimization of the PT lines).
More news on the peer review results will follow in the next weeks!