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Five Bulgarian SUMPs thanks to ENDURANCE


Five Bulgarian SUMPs thanks to ENDURANCE
08/2015

By the end of July five cities who are members of the Bulgarian ENDURANCE network already had an SUMP thanks to the assistance of the CSDCS team and the EU funding.

The SUMP cities (Montana, Burgas, Kardjali, Pleven and Kavarna) have different sizes ranging from 300,000 (Burgas) up to 15,000 (Kavarna), but all have transport problems related to congestion, traffic safety, noise, pollution, lack of pedestrian zones, parking, etc.

The elaborated SUMPs were approved by the corresponding city councils and agendas for the implementation of mobility measures were established. In Kavarna a new parking with 200 slots is already designed. In Burgas this summer several new cycling paths were put into exploitation, as well as a new water way for tourists to St. Anastasia Island. In Pleven a council of experts was created at the municipality in order to manage the implementation of mobility measures planned in their SUMP. Kardjali and Montana are very enthusiastic in development of their new transport networks and safety measures.

CSDCS estimates that the ENDURANCE network played a great role in these achievements, because thanks to the network tools the Bulgarian cities are permanently informed about the European policies in the fields of transport and mobility, the best practices in advanced EU countries and the possibilities of cooperation. Since the beginning of 2015 network members were invited to 6 different training events related to mobility and SUMP, one of them with prominent European experts from EPOMM and SUMP expert group. The educational and project events are also supported by several Bulgarian ministries (MRDPW, ME, MOEW, MT, etc.).

A total of nine cities are developing SUMPs with the help of the Bulgarian ENDURANCE network since the beginning of 2015. The participatory approach in developing the SUMPs was applied by CSDCS everywhere because none of Bulgarian cities has ever elaborated and implemented such plan and local stakeholders had no any experience. On the other hand some of the proposed mobility measures were not very popular like parking restrictions, speed limitations, etc. It was very important to have the support from the citizens and local stakeholders (businesses, entrepreneurs, NGOs, informal associations, etc).

Having in mind these facts as well as the future local elections in October 2015, CSDCS decided to promote strongly the public participation. Many local events were organized and people were invited to take part in meetings, seminars, workshops and internet discussions. Printed materials were disseminated explaining the benefits of mobility measures and showing the best practices and examples from advanced European cities. CSDCS asked the municipalities to publish on their sites the proposed drafts of SUMPs for public discussions and collecting proposals from local stakeholders.


Contact: Lucia Ilieva

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