City for All: Livable Peripheral Neighbourhoods in Ruse (Bulgaria) through Advanced Mobility

Ilieva, Lucia (2020) City for All: Livable Peripheral Neighbourhoods in Ruse (Bulgaria) through Advanced Mobility. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1059-1064. ISSN 2521-3938

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Ruse is the 5th biggest city in Bulgaria situated along Danube River. Druzhba is a new peripheral district in Ruse, home for more than 15% of its population, characterised by intense car traffic, poor public transport offer, lack of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and lack of parking spots. A large share of the citizens living in Druzhba use personal cars and taxi services for these trips thus causing congestion, traffic accidents, air pollution and noise. There are no sidewalks and safety cross walks at the main Druzhba boulevard to the city centre. Pedestrians suffer under the growing road traffic and are very vulnerable to road accidents. Many local children and senior citizens have respiratory diseases. In 2015 CSDCS invited Ruse to participate as a Bulgarian city in the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC Project and both partners started its implementation in 2016. The overall objective and impacts of ECCENTIC are reached during the project lifetime by demonstration and testing of integrated packages of innovative solutions for sustainable mobility in peri-central ‘living laboratory’ areas, combining new policies, technologies and soft measures. It could be achieved by improving the quality of public space and roadconditions for safe walking, increased participation of citizens and local stakeholders in developing mobility policies, services and traffic safety plans for suburban neighbourhoods, and changing the mobility mind-sets of citizens through direct and dialogue marketing and hands-on trainings, especially focussing on vulnerable groups (older people, school children, disabled). The paper describes the innovative mobility solutions in the Ruse peripheral neighborhood named Druzhba (Friendship) that clearly contributed to the livability of the city of Ruse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobility, SUMP, livable city, peripheral district, project
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2021 16:22
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2021 16:39

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