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On Wednesday, 18th of September and on Friday, 20th of September 2019, two events promoting sustainable mobility: LET’S BECOME AND STAY MOBILE and PERSPECTIVES OF SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY IN SLOVENIA as part of the SUMPORT project "Sustainable Urban Mobility in Mediterranean PORT cities".

The first event opened vice mayor Jasna Softič stressing out the activities Municipality of Koper implemented in frame of the SUMPORT project, pointing out improved knowledge about traffic in Municipality we have gained with new equipment and renewed Traffic center and decreased Number of cars due to the improved Public transport and new Mobile App MOK MOBI showing real time bus schedule. Representatives of the Koper Health Center, the National Institute of Public Health and the Agency for Transport Safety highlighted the positive effects of alternative modes of transport on the environment and health. After the lecture, there was also an option for a free electric bike test.

Perspectives on sustainable mobility in Slovenian Istria, raising public awareness and seeking opportunities for upgrading sustainable mobility in our area were the topics of Friday's expert consultation at the Koper Praetorian Palace, organized by the Municipality of Koper during the Mediterranean Coast Week and macro-regional strategies.

On behalf of the Municipality of Koper, the gathered were welcomed by vice mayor Olga Franca. She emphasized that we all want an efficient transport system that would allow people and cargo to move quickly, safely and economically, while harming the environment and our health as little as possible: “The balance between the negative and the positive effects of traffic requires experts and decision makers in the field, and last but not least of all of us, a lot of creativity and good ideas, comprehensive monitoring of the situation and also some boldness. Above all, it requires accepting the compromises that are necessary if something is to be done to preserve and protect the environment.” She also emphasized the importance of inter-municipal cooperation and joint regulation of transport, since this is the only way to achieve the desired effects and changes in the travel habits of our residents.

National sustainable development and mobility guidelines were discussed by Mag. Polona Demšar Mitrovič, representative of the Ministry of Infrastructure. She presented priority actions in the field of sustainable mobility for the next 5 years. She also outlined the funding structure for these measures and the elements of the National Integrated Transport Planning Program.

Ivana Štrkalj, Coordinator for International European Projects at the Municipality of Koper, presented established multimodal platform, App MOK MOBI and all other pilot actions implemented in Municipality of Koper in frame of SUMPORT project, which is co-funded by the European Territorial Cooperation Program INTERREG MED 2014-2020. The project significantly improved the Traffic information centers services. With all this, the level of knowledge of traffic conditions has significantly increased. The new MOK MOBI application covers all forms of mobility and is therefore most transferable traffic data collector for end users and spatial planners. We have also made good basis for further planning and development of regional sustainable mobility in coastal region.

The representative from Municipality of Piran (coastal region) outlined the need for regional approach in traffic management in coastal region and has therefore outlined the need for Traffic info centre in Koper to become regional Traffic information centre covering all coastal Municipalities. 

Slavko Mezek from the Regional Development Center of Koper also spoke, presenting current projects of the Regional Development Center in the field of mobility. Particular attention was paid to the Smile project, which defines the importance of strategic mobility planning in entire functional urban areas, which will contribute to better flow and easier management of tourist traffic flows. The participants of the consultation were also acquainted with the CHESNUT project, in the framework of which they developed a multimodal scheme for sustainable mobility in the whole coastal zone, presented by David Trost from PNZ d.o.o. Nataša Vujačić and Tadej Smogavec from Petrol d. d. however, they clearly described creative and advanced solutions for mobility and sustainable development for smaller cities.