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Non-motorized transport plans for Harju and Rapla counties

The objective of the additional county plans is to develop a network of bicycle and pedestrian paths and routes by mapping existing and future cycle paths and other traffic management solutions that enhance safety and make non-motorised modes more attractive.

The broader aim is to increase the share of cycling and walking as healthy and environmentally friendly modes of transport in everyday mobility, as well as to improve access, travel choices, traffic safety and integration of cycling and public transport services.

For developing the plans, a consultant was selected (Hendrikson & Ko) and working groups were set up in Harju and Rapla counties. Both county governments have organised four working meetings with their local governments, Road Administration, State Forest Management Centre and other stakeholders. In addition, there have been two public meetings to introduce the terms of reference for Strategic Environmental Assessment and the draft plans.

The local governments have been active in the planning process to give information on the most popular local routes for riding the bike and on existing cycle paths as well as to state their ambitions in developing cycling in the municipalities. During the public display of the draft plans many proposals were also received from local inhabitants.

The working meetings aimed at discussing the principles of cycling planning and developing the planning solution: which areas require additional cycle paths, where the paths need to be improved or other traffic management solutions implemented, what kind of paths are necessary, what are the priorities for implementing the plan. Important principles are forming the network of cycle paths and connecting it with regional and local destinations (schools, kindergartens, service and residential areas, work and recreational sites, train and bus stops, etc.). The maps will also include information on bicycle rent and bigger bicycle parking lots.

 

The next step in the planning process is seeking concertation for the plans from local governments, neighbouring county governments and other relevant authorities prior to finalising the preparation of the plans and adopting them. The local governments are also those who will put the plan into practice. The best way is to apply for funding of the design and construction of cycle paths jointly.