Interakcia Foundation developed the project and was the lead partner.
Project partner: Polotsk district executive committee.
Location: Polotsk, Vitebsk region, northern Belarus.
Budget: € 334,000; EU’s contribution – € 299,500 (90% of total).
The project was funded by the European Union under the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development Programme.
Thanks to the project, the city of Polotsk now has a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). This document is a roadmap to improve the transport system of Polotsk.
But the most important thing is that this was the first transport project in Belarus that engaged local residents as co-creators and co-implementers. The SUMP was developed in close cooperation with local community members: civil society organizations, journalists, local businesses, and activisits.
The project was a first step that started a long succession of urban cycling and public transport development initiatives in the region. It also became a foundation for the common Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Polotsk and Novopolotsk, which appeared in 2020 thanks to the UNDP’s Green Cities project.