Participating towns and cities

CroatiaVelika Gorica, Croatia

65.000 inhabitants
Department of spatial planning and environmental protection
Marko Ruzic
Trg Kralja Tomislava 34
10410 Velika Gorica
(++385) 1 6269961
Velika Gorica already registered 5x for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in: 2009 2008 2007 2003 2002

Participation 2008

Activities within the week Activities within the week

Velika Gorica organises activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2008, taking into account the annual theme.

All week
This year activities are organized in a manner that each of seven days of European mobility week is having its subtitle and special activities such as:
Day 1: The day of significantly reduced trrafic in Town
a) The roads in the very centar of the Town a re closed for trrafic;
b) The citizens on the on the roads, especially children, instead of vehicles.
c) Clever and optimal usage of the car: car pooling and car sharing
- At the cross roads the tea shirts will be distributed to the drivers who use their car in optimal manner (all seats in car taken);
- The Mayor of the City will be promoting the car pooling in a way that he will be collecting the passengers from bus stops and taking them to their destination.
- The children and the representatives of the local authorities will be distributing the appropriate badges to the biciylists as a commendation for their usage of alternative mean of transportation;
- The children traffic unit will be placing the badges in a spider shape on the vehicles which are irregularly parked. In a Croatian comprehension, the word spider (pauk) represents the synonym for the vehicle which drags away the irregularly parked vehicles
Day 2

Walking and running Day

a) the intensive course of different ways of hiking will be taking place in all city parks
b) racing in the nature with the purpose of proper orientation

Day 3

Celebrating the Clean air

a) Breaking in the Air quality monitoring Station following with the brief educative speach for the school pupil about the Air quality stations principles of work
b) The kinder garden children spending the whole day time in city parks
c) The specialists - doctors of medicines are teaching the children on how to stay healthy by intensive walking and moving ;
d) The lecture on the experience obtained in mountain hiking to the Croatian mountain of Velebit will be held by the members of the Mountain hiking Association "Velebit".
Day 4

Day dedicated to the mobility of people with disabilities

- in primary schools the low vision children together with other pupils will make preparation in order to produce the signs for classrooms door in Braille letters. Additionally it will be officially announced that all types of specially made signs will be produced for the low vision children attending the school so that their moving around the school will be easier and more
- The film and photo school section will produce the brief documentary on one day movement of the persons with disabilities around the city of Velika Gorica

Day 5

One Day staying at open Air

- Planting the trees at the land fill site at the place called Mraclin, in the parks, schools and kinder gardens and within the city residence area;
- The presentation newly published Book on Health, movement and sport. the presentation will be held at the open space in front of the City library,
- Procession of the prams in the city park combined with prize game for children.
- Promotion of the ecological vehicle
- Exercising thai chi and capoeira exercises in the city park

Day 6

The day of hiking

The hiking day will start at nine o clock in the morning led by the City Mayor tohether with the city officials. The hiking route will be 4 km long and is planned to gather a number of citizens of all ages. The hiking day will also include the clean air and heaklthy food.

Day 7

Do it without car

Promotion of usage of bicycle and train. The promotion is organized in a manner that will consist of number of activities, such as:
Setting the bicycle site
The bicycle exhibition
The best bicycle gets award

Promotion of train usage as an alternative means of transportation in a way that those who decide to take the train instead of motor car will be provide by train ticket free of charge on the City of Velika Gorica expense.

The organized pre school children groups will be visiting the Capital city, Zagreb by train (maybe for the first time in their life).

The lectures will be held in the Center for children, youngsters and family on the importance of practicing the sport and other physical activities.

Permanent measures Permanent measures

Velika Gorica implements one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.

New or improved bicycle facilities
Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
Extension or creation of new greenways
Public transport services
Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
Launch of integrated services for the various public transport modes
The development of accessible transport services for all
Traffic calming and access control scheme
Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
Elaboration of new residential areas
Create the tactile pavements
Create wheelchair ramps
Lowering of pavements
Enlargement of pavements
Elaboration of sound devices in traffic lights
Removal of architectonic barriers
Create useful tool for people with reduced mobility
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
Responsible car-use (eco-driving etc)
Use of clean vehicles
Freight distribution
Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
Elaboration of educational materials
Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
Permanent access restriction to city centres
Development of systems and equipment for measuring air quality in public places
Organisation of regular fora or surveys on public opinions and ideas

Car-free day Car-free day

Velika Gorica carries out a Car-Free Day 2008 and closes off one or more streets to traffic, and opens it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
The zones restricted to the traffic in general are near by to the very center of the city as well as to the number of schools and kindergarten ant the building where the Center for children, youngsters and family is located. In numbers, that means that around one thousand and nine hundred of children will have the streets free for their activities having no fear of any motor vehicle being around.