Every year, since 2002, the European Mobility Week is organised from 16 to 22 September and is dedicated to sustainable mobility. The campaign is accompanied by a one-day event called “In town, without my car”.
On Friday, 18 September, (PARK)ind Day will take place in Lviv for the first time within European Mobility Week. On this day from 12:00 till 20:00, a parking space in 17 Chaikovskoho st. will turn into a temporary public space in the form of a parklet designed for social and cultural interaction. The parklet will give its visitors an opportunity to spend quality time. This way the organizers hope to draw attention to the irrational use of street space, as very often nearly all street space is dedicated to the movement and parking of vehicles, leaving no space for people. The experience of European cities proves that the center of a city is comfortable when it is accessible to pedestrians and has little traffic.
The organizers of the event are Lviv Cyclists Association and PixelGarden, supported by the city’s Department of Promotion and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The first ever (PARK)ing Day took place in San Francisco in 2005, turning afterwards into an international movement uniting the most progressive cities in the world. Every year in September citizens, artists, and activists come together to turn parking spaces into PARKing spaces, that is temporary public spaces.
The mission of (PARK)ing Day is to draw attention to the need to increase the number of open public spaces, generate a discussion on how a public space is created and separated, improve the quality of city life, study the range of events that can be organized, and challenge the values that create public spaces.