Regional Cycling Scheme
Detailed description of the Good Practice
Kaunas District is situated in the centre of Lithuania surrounding the second largest city in the country - Kaunas. For its rural municipality strengthening of urban-rural interaction and fostering cooperation between the city and the district is extremely important not only because of the neighbourhood relations but also because of vibrant movement of inhabitants between these areas for work and leisure purposes.
The process began with the creation of a dialogue with colleagues from the Kaunas City municipality and representatives of different groups and communities, over what kind of actions could make the region a better place in which to live for the inhabitants and more attractive for people visiting the region. Together, it was discovered that developing a sustainable transport network in the region was a common aim for all of the participants. Particularly important here was the development of a cycling infrastructure and the creation of a Kaunas district cycling paths scheme. Improving connectivity between the city and district municipalities was deemed to be in everyone’s interest.
quality of life
Objectives of the Good Practice
to develop a cycling infrastructure and to create Kaunas district cycling paths scheme
Participants of the Good Practice
local and regional level authorities
politicians and NGOs
Target group of the Good Practice
inhabitants of the Kaunas District
Funding of the Good Practice
the European Union (European Regional Development Fund within the BSR Programme)
Regional and local authorities
More Details of the Good Practice
In order to create a Cycling Scheme that would best serve the region’s inhabitants several meetings were organised with participants from various municipalities, local and regional level authorities, politicians and NGOs. The initial aim was to produce a concrete vision of what was needed and then to discuss and evaluate whether the planned Cycling Scheme would attain the objectives set. The meetings also ensured that the scheme would be in line with existing schemes in the neighbouring municipalities. These local stakeholder meetings had a significant influence on the planning process as they offered the possibility to exchange experiences and to discuss ideas with local stakeholders and communities. In order to ensure the transparency of the planning process and the active participation of all actors involved the coordination team paid particular attention to maintaining communication with all of the stakeholders.
After collecting all information needed, an analysis of the existing situation of cycling infrastructure in Kaunas district was carried out. The aim of the analysis was to assess the needs of different citizen groups, analyse the cycling situation in other municipalities and to identify priorities and new perspectives to the work.
This baseline review was used as a background information for developing the cycling paths scheme where 332 km of tracks and routes are foreseen.
The Cycling Scheme has now been finalised and will be included in the Master Plan and in the Kaunas District strategy 2007-2013 to ensure its implementation. The document provides an important starting point for the development of cycling in the district.
In addition to the Cycling Scheme the greatest benefits of NEW BRIDGES project have been strengthened cooperation and new connections created between the district and the city centre. Now the connections established can be a start for fruitful cooperation also in many other fields.
Documentation and documents
NEW BRIDGES project http://www.urbanrural.net
Mr. Lauri Hooli
Mob. +358 40 764 0683
Ms. Maija Rusanen
Mob. +358 44 9075994
Data sources and references
Planning Together for Better Quality of Life - Guide for Integrated Management of Urban Rural Interaction
News Bridge 1/2011