We look at Ljubljana’s award winning measures to promote independent mobility
In recent years Ljubljana has taken a number of steps to make moving around the city easier and more sustainable, with a particular focus on disabled and elderly citizens.
Many of these measures were implemented as part of the city’s involvement in CIVITAS ELAN project. With the majority of the city’s commuters choosing to drive to work, Ljubljana’s first challenge was to make public transport more appealing. Together with LPP, the public transport company, it took steps to make buses faster and introduced an integrated electronic payment system for public transport. To encourage walking and cycling, the city extended pedestrian zones and created park and ride facilities to avoid congestion in the city centre.
The launch of a new service for citizens with disabilities was an important part of this process. This trip planner facility allows users to phone ahead to book a journey, or enquire about its accessibility, and the operator then relays the journey information, including the user’s particular needs, to the driver. In addition, the city updated the bus fleet to include low-floor buses equipped with ramps for wheelchair users.
The pilot project, ‘Kavalir’ also aimed at providing better accessibility to the city centre. It consists of two electric vehicles with room for six passengers each operating in the city centre pedestrian zone. Free of charge, the service was designed to transport elderly or disabled passengers from the bus stop to their final destination, although recent surveys have revealed it is also popular with tourists looking to sightsee!
These measures represent a significant step forward for public transport services in Ljubljana. The city was recognised at the 2013 EUROCITIES awards for some of its innovative transport measures (find out more here).
Read more about Ljubljana’s transport measures in our case study, below.