Contact & Activities

Participating city

Jēkabpils ()
22.750 inhabitants

Local contact

Ainārs Gulbinskis
Brīvības iela 120, Jēkabpils, LV-5201

Participation 2017

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
Jekabpils City feast 2017 Bike Tour - The main day of the city feasts, as usual, began on July 8, with active cycling, the integral part of which was morning gymnastics.
Between 16 September and 22 September 2017, bicycles will become the most important vehicle in many European cities, giving citizens the opportunity to spend their day in their city in significantly lower traffic congestion and with less air pollution. Also, all residents of Jekabpils are invited to participate in the positive action "Bike to Work", all week long in the morning to the workplace by bicycle, but companies and institutions - to encourage employees to participate in the event. We recommend publishing your own company, collective or individual activity on social networks.
On September 22, Jekabpils City Council invites to get acquainted with the bicycle route developed by the Tourist Information Center. Meeting point at the Old Town Square at Lūša Fountain at 17:30. The objects on the banks of the River Daugava, which lead from Strūve Park to the other side of the river Daugava along the Adamson Islands, will be viewed. Duration of the tour is 1.5 hours.
Invites everyone interested in the Mobility Week campaign "Mobilitāte ir Te"
Within the framework of the European Mobility Week, on Friday, September 22, the Viestura street section will be closed from Pasta to Pormaļa Street, in order to relieve road sections for pedestrians, cyclists and closed traffic with other motor vehicles.
In the closed street section from 12:00 to 17:00 any interested person has the opportunity to participate in the action organized by Jēkabpils youth, "Mobilitāte ir Te", during which creative events will be held, as well as more information about the Mobility Week events in Jekabpils. The exhibition of students from the Jekabpils Art School in honor of the Mobility Week will also be on display in the flat street from 15:00.
The purpose of the European Mobility Week is to encourage people to diversify their mobility patterns in order to meet the challenges of European citizens - to reduce traffic congestion and atmospheric warming in cities, encourage cycling and walking, and improve the quality of European life and the environment.
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:
In Car-Free Day event (on 22 September, 2017) will be closed Viestura street section between A.Pormaļa street and Pasta street. This street section will be dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists.
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 facilities (parking, locks etc)
Public transport services
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
  • Launch of accessibility plans
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Use of clean vehicles
Freight distribution
  • Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
  • Elaboration of educational materials
  • Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
More details on permanent measures:

Jekabpils City Council informs that on August 24, 2017, Jēkabpils City Council has adopted Resolution "Approval of the thematic plan" Development of the Jēkabpils Concept for cycling Traffic ", the approval of the terms of reference and development managment .
The purpose of the development of the concept of development of cycling is to identify the existing and ensure the future development of cycling in Jekabpils, in order to promote the balanced development of cycling as an alternative, environmentally friendly way of moving.

On August 9, in the Jekabpils Tautas nams there was a seminar organized by the Association of Latvian Bicyclists and the Latvian State Roads Association in cooperation with the Jekabpils Municipality, a seminar "CITY ENVIRONMENT AND BICYCLE TRAFFIC".
The aim of the seminar was to explain and inform about the latest global trends in the field of urban development, with a particular focus on pedestrians and cyclists. Raivis Ragainis, Chairman of Jēkabpils City Council, addressed the participants of the seminar, emphasizing the significance and development of cycling transport, as well as wishing participants of the seminar - representatives of municipalities, architects, designers, builders, as well as other interested persons to get new, valuable information and views on the development of cycling in cities. Viesturs Silenieks, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Cycling Association, presented his insights on the growing role of cycling in the world and its impact, role in the national economy. The seminar presented good and bad examples in Latvia and in the world, as well as practical activities - cycling trips and viewing Jēkabpils infrastructure to see and analyze the current situation.
In the second part of the seminar, Aigars Šarpņicks, road construction engineer of the State Roads of Latvia, told about the practice of Latvia and abroad in designing urban infrastructure - standards, laws, regulations and practical problems, explaining the state standards for the design of bicycle traffic and their application in accordance with the Road Traffic Law and regulations. The seminar ended with a discussion about what was seen in Jekabpils. Lecturers admitted that in Jekabpils it would be necessary to develop the concept of bicycles and, at the same time, to think about the next steps to improve bicycle infrastructure.

On Jēkabpils streets, starting from June 13, an electric bus will run for one week. LTD "Jēkabpils autobusu parks" received it for pilot trips to test the new Polish-made buses on city routes. Fully charged, this bus can take 160 kilometers and charging time is only two hours. Technology goes ahead, because earlier, electric cars had to be powered by 6-8 hours and could drive 100 kilometers. In order for the factory to have an idea of ​​how the bus works and whether the passengers and drivers like it, there will be at the end a questionnaire that will write something that may need to be improved, liked and disliked. The bus is 12 meters long, it has 30 seats and 40 parking spaces, it is also intended for the transport of people with special needs due to its low floor. As the vehicle is powered, the bus is driven from the monitor. Both the driver and the passengers are happy about the opportunity to ride this bus and express their desire to regularly ride on Jekabpils streets. However, ltd "Jēkabpils autobusu parks" does not purchase such electric buses for the time being, because they are expensive - one costs more than 300 thousand euros. The co-financing of the Cohesion Fund - EUR 1.1 million for the acquisition of environmentally-friendly vehicles by Jekabpils - could only buy three such electric buses, therefore, it is planned to buy seven natural gas buses for European Union funds. However, the company's management does not deny that in the distant future the city could also run electrics.