Participants

Contact & Activities

Participating city

Valmiera
24.800 inhabitants

Local contact

Brand Management and Public Relations
Līga Bieziņa
Lāčplēša iela 2, Valmiera, LV-4201, Latvia
++371 26495997

Participation 2018

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
16 September
Celebration of the " Car-Free Day" in Valmiera. On 16th of September there will the 12th Valmiera marathon take place in Valmiera. On this day starts also the European Mobility Week that traditionally takes place on 16th - 22nd of September. Valmiera City municipality starts this week with an invitation to join Valmiera mayor Mr. Janis Baiks on a special marathon distance jointly celebrating the "Car-Free Day". The 6km walk will start at 11.00 a.m. and Valmiera mayor invites to join every person who supports environmentally friendly everyday mobility. This will be a walking distance of the marathon. And also families with baby strollers are invited to join. Information about this activity available in Latvian here: www.valmiera.lv/lv/jaunumi/zala_valmiera/19652_valmieras_mers_aicina_svinet_dienu_bez_auto
17 September
Launch of the social network campaign "Bikers friendliest employer in Valmiera" - a press release and an invitation to vote for bikers friendliest employers will be sent.
18 September
The day inviting to go by bike to the work. Valmiera Eco-schools youth together with Valmiera municipality will organise a campaign "Bicycle unites". Students of Valmiera Eco-schools will unite and go in a bike ride using available bike routes and visiting backyards of Valmiera apartment buildings where they will play backyard games and invite the inhabitants and children living in these apartment houses to join. In parallel information on multi-modality will be spread and people will be questioned on these issues, as well as information on available municipal support on possibilities to improve the landscape and infrastructure of the backyard will be spread. Activities in the backyards will be organised order to promote and strengthen the common-feeling of local communities of the apartment buildings and in order to promote multimodality and usage of environmentally friendly modes of transportation in everyday life.
19 September
An inquiry on issues of multimodality will be launched in social networks of Valmiera municipality.
20 September
A press release with an invitation to take care about security on streets - every property owner is responsible that no branches of trees and bushes growing in their property disturb the traffic (pedestrians, bikers and motorised veehicles) and reduce the visibilty on streets.
21 September
Finish of the the social networks camapaign - voting for the bikers friendliest employer. The "bikers friendliest employer" will receive a European Mobility Week gratitude by the municipality. All the "bikers friendliest" employers will be mentioned in a press release.
22 September
In order to support environmentally friendly mobility and celebrating European Mobility week participants of two seminars taking place in Valmiera - a seminar on addictions (organised by Valmiera Lutheran church) and a seminar on treating "The difficult children" (organised by Valmiera Baptist church) - will be invited to come to the event using environmentally friendly modes of mobility. The on participants that will have used either a bike, public transport or have walked to the seminar venue will be rewarded with a souvenir of the European Mobility week.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
Information on traffic restrictions on 16th of September in Latvian available here: www.valmiera.lv/lv/jaunumi/sporta_zinas/19611_satiksmes_kustibas_ierobezojumi_valmieras_maratona/ The street in the very centre of Valmiera - Bastiona street - will be closed for car-traffic from 15th of September 3 p.m. till 16th of September 7 p.m. On 16th of September also other streets will be closed for car traffic from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Other: New lines: Paula Valdena street; new parking lots: old peoples retirement home.
Pedestrianisation
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
  • Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
  • Extension or creation of new greenways
  • Other: Create: Cempu&Paula Valdena streets; new greenways - new nature trail - Gime natrue trail; improved pavements in separate pavement zones in Rubenes, Annas, Voldemara Baloza, Karla Baumana, Ausekla, G
Public transport services
  • The development of accessible transport services for all
  • Other: More accessible bus-routes - created according to the needs and demand of local citizens.
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking
  • Elaboration of new residential areas
  • Other: New parking lots: at kindergarden in Beates street 42, also at Upes street, Vadu street and Smiltenes street; new residential areas; new multiflat dwelling houses for rent - a unique project in Latvia
Accessibilities
  • Create the tactile pavements
  • Lowering of pavements
  • Removal of architectonic barriers
  • Other: Tactile pavements: Cempu and Paula Valdena street; Lowering of pavements: responding to the request of inhabitants - performed in Valmiera city centre and also in every pavement renovation project spe
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Charging points for electric vehicles
  • Other: Eduarda Lacera street 3 - Latvias' network for charging points on TEN-T network in whole Latvia.
Mobility management
  • Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
  • Organisation of regular fora or surveys on public opinions and ideas
  • Other: Started work on developing a Transport infrastructure development conception in the frame of which different opinions have been explored. Public opinion on transportation issues has been found out als
Participation in related EU initiatives:
  • The Covenant of Mayors (as signatory)