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First European Mobility Week in Uzbekistan - 260,000 participants

30/09/2019 - 13:42
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This year, with the support of the European Union, Tashkent for the first time became an official participant in the European Mobility Week, which takes place annually from September 16 to 22. Almost 3,000 cities from 50 countries participate in the Week. The activities within the week are aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle among the population and improving the quality of life through the popularization of various methods of transportation.

As part of the weekly campaign in Tashkent, five events were held - the launch of the European Mobility Week at the Turkiston metro station under construction, a round table on the theme of Mobility and Road Safety, a free metro day, an educational visit to school, and the week ended with a Day without a car, which in turn, consisted of two parts: the day part - a holiday on the street. Lutfiy, evening - a concert in the Seoul Park.

On September 18, 2019, during the round table on the topic “Mobility and Road Safety”, the current problems of mobility and road safety in Tashkent and the exchange of experience regarding best practices of other countries that could provide good prospects for future development and cooperation were discussed. The round table was addressed by Deputy Transport Minister Dekhkanov Davron Tulkunovich, Head of the Department of the Ministry of the Interior Bozorov Erali Habibbullaevich, as well as European Union Ambassador to Uzbekistan Eduards Stiprais, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Helena Fraser, UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt, EU Project Director for Road Safety and Mobility Managing Director of DATS Consulting Dr. S. Adnan Rahman.

"The development of the transport system and cities as a whole cannot be successful only by improving the conditions for the movement of cars. We need to find new ways for mobility of people who could, including walking safely to work and school, said EU Ambassador to Uzbekistan Eduards Stiprais

On the day of the free metro, 19th September, 250,000 residents and guests of the capital were able to enjoy free metro day, and a special underground tour was prepared for representatives of the diplomatic corps. On this day, concerts, exhibitions were held in the subway, passengers were met and entertained by animators, and journalists actively covered such an important event for the city.

On September 20, in one of the secondary schools of the capital, an educational and entertainment performance for 70 elementary students of the Golden Zebra was held in order to familiarize themselves with the rules of the road and the basics of road safety.   

In addition, 22nd September in Tashkent for the first time celebrated Day without a car.

One could feel what a city could be where priority is not about cars, but about other means of transportation, including walking, cycling and public transport, on Lutfi and Shirin streets in the Uchtepa district.

“We wanted to give an idea of what a city without cars can look like, what a city looks like when people walk around it without any noise, when music plays and bicycles ride,” said Jussi Narvi, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Uzbekistan.

Throughout the day from 10:00 to 18:00 on the streets of Lutfiy and Shirin, the guests were delighted by animators, mimes, stilts, dance performances and flash mobs, performances by street musicians, illusionists, bike ride along the blocked streets with the children, master-classes bicycle repair classes; bike rental and sale points were also presented on the alley. The Day without a car ended with a concert at Seoul Park, where domestic musicians performed, children's contests were held, and an effective fire show was presented.

The head of the cycling community of Uzbekistan Iskander Akhmedov shared his impressions: “We managed to discuss [the bicycle infrastructure and drawing attention to the use of cycling] with the Deputy Ambassador of the European Union to Uzbekistan. They were able to establish contact with the city transport department, the Central Internal Affairs Directorate. On blocked streets you can ride in plenty. All people greeted us. People are in a very good mood. ”

The event was attended by about 8,000 people, many of them walked and cycled for kilometers and made thousands of colorful selfies.

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