To enhance cycling in city transport modal split
Tartu is a rather compact city territory and most of the destinations are easily accessible by foot or by bike. If the percentage of pedestrians has been fairly high at the moment (about 40%), the proportion of cyclists is quite small (up to 3% of all movements). In order to increase the proportion of light traffic from everyday movements and to improve connections between downtown and suburbs (including surrounding municipalities), it was decided to build new bicycle roads of at least 50-60 km. The planning of roads was based on the principle that a logical network of bicycle paths would be created and all the main directions going out of town would be covered. Road design was also based on the daily routing of people identified through surveys. Along with the creation of new bike roads, existing roads were also repaired and bicycle traversing opportunities for more than 100 kilometers on the roads were improved during the project.

Resources needed

10 000 000 € for construction works

Evidence of success

As a result of the project, the share of cycling in everyday movements has grown by more than 6% and continues to rise. In to the project has been involved city dwellers, cyclists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of local governments of surrounding municipalities. The circle of beneficiaries of the project are quite large: citizens and residents of the surrounding municipalities of the city. In addition, there has also been improved travel opportunities for tourists.

Difficulties encountered

Due to tight schedule it´s hard to follow deadlines of designing and construction works.

Potential for learning or transfer

With help of thorough preparation and skilful planning, it is possible to improve the situation in urban transport and implement sustainable solutions with a fairly short time and with reasonable investment.

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Main institution
Tartu City Government
Eesti, Estonia (Eesti)
Start Date
October 2013
End Date
May 2018


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