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New Bicycle Lanes in July

Eleven kilometers of bike lanes will be built in Lypynskoho, Naukova, and Stryiska streets.

Dr. Leo Kreuz, Head of the Division for Eastern Europe and Caucasus in the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany, made a working trip to Lviv in April. He inspected construction of a bicycle lane in Lypynskoho Street.

Development of bicycle infrastructure in Lviv is a key municipal program which makes the city healthier and more comfortable, and increases the level of citizens’ mobility.

Within the Ukrainian-German cooperation it was agreed to support construction of eleven kilometers of bike lanes in Lypynskoho, Naukova, and Stryiska streets. The bike lanes will be designed and built according to the European quality and safety standards. All development projects were thoroughly reviewed by the German experts and consultants. Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing this program on behalf of the German Federal Ministry BMZ.

‘I am happy to be here and see that a lot of things are done to develop bicycling in Lviv. It is an honour for me to launch the construction of a bike lane in Lypynskoho Street. Germany helps Ukraine introduce new European standards, and we consider Lviv our long-term cooperation partner.

“We believe that the city administration and the mayor have a broad approach to the improvements of city life. A bike lane might not be the most essential element of the overall social transformation, but it proves that you are trying to reach the standards and the level of the European life. It is a key element in this process.”

Dr. Leo Kreuz

Development of the bicycle network in Lviv is a part of a comprehensive program of Ukrainian-German cooperation aimed at promotion of bicycling as a healthy and environmentally-friendly means of transportation in a city. The program is implemented jointly with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and EURO-2012 host cities – Donetsk, Lviv, Kyiv, and Kharkiv. The goal of the program is to share the experience of Lviv and Europe among the Ukrainian cities. Lviv is a pioneer in the development and implementation of the bicycle network concept. Owing to its efforts in this field, in early 2013 Lviv won the International Sustainable Transport Award.

Fifteen kilometers of bike lanes have been built in Lviv so far.

“This year it is planned to construct bike lanes not only in Lypynskoho, Naukova, and Stryiska streets, but also in Riasne residential district, and in Kopernyka, Levytskoho, and Horodotska (lower part) streets. The urban development budget for this year allocated at least UAH 2,7 million for the construction of bicycle infrastructure.”

Oleh Shmid, advisor to the mayor of Lviv on bicycle infrastructure

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Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ contributes to the social development and improvement of the quality of life.

In Ukraine GIZ operates on behalf of four German ministries and the European Union. It has 90 employees in its staff. Cooperation with Germany brings Ukraine closer to the EU and improves political, social, economic, and environmental conditions in terms of sustainable development. The main focus of cooperation is sustainable economic development, energy efficiency, and HIV/AIDS prevention.