Transport planning for the cities’of Kazakhstan sustainable development

Oct 3, 2017

The questions of urban planning and development concern absolutely everybody. Urban transport systems and project preparation in this field require specific knowledges and skills. Thus, in order to ensure the maximum effectiveness of this activity, the project UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” strives to share its expert knowledges with all social layers, starting from students and young specialists in the transport and urban fields and finishing by the representatives of the local authorities. For this purpose, during the last 2 months the project has organized 3 trainings on such topics as socio-economical assessment of transport projects, planning of regulated cross-roads and planning of cycling routes.

The first one was the educational seminar for the members of the ministries, of the Akimat, of the transport companies and projects, dedicated to the theme of social-economical assessment of the transport projects. It was held on the 15th of August 2017 under the guidance of the trainers from NIPI TRTI (Saint-Petersburg), Stanislav Tsibro and Dmitriy Krivtsov, and from E&Y (Almaty), Ivan Novikov. The main goal was to forge a vision of the participants on the possible social-economic effects coming from the realization of the projects in the field of urban transport. The trainers made their best to let the participants acquire knowledges on the current international methodology of the assessment, moreover, together with the participants they made an assessment of one real Almaty project.

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On the 15-16th of September a training on the planning of the regulated cross-roads was organized in Almaty. The training was attended by the representatives of 5 project organizations and of the administrative police of Almaty. This training was based on the normative documents, published in different countries during the period from 2000 to 2015.  Thanks to the efforts of the trainers, in the person of A. Miklailov and A. Levashev, from the Irkutsk State Technical University, the participants acquired knowledges about main trends existing in the field of the regulated cross-roads. Furthermore, the participants were explained the main principles of the source data determination and the modelling tools. The event was terminated by the work on errors committed in some real cases.

The last training, organized by the project UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport”, was the one consecrated to the planning of the cycling routes. It took place on the 25-26th of September 2017 in Astana. Its organization became possible thanks to the contributions of the Center of Urban Studies in Astana and of the SME Astanagenplan who attracted for the participation in the training the representatives of project organizations, students, architects, transport field representatives, representatives of the Astana city Akimat and of the local police. The trainer was Jeroen Buis, Master of Engineering Science, Senior Consultant Urban Mobility, Cycling and urban mobility expert in the JB Mobility company, who took part into the planning of the pilot cycling path of the Timiryazev-Baitursynov streets.  Taking into account the fact that the cycling routes form part of the " Plan for the Development of Cycling Transport and Infrastructure for Astana for 2016-2020”, Mr. Buis shared his experience in the field of the cycling routes’ planning and projection with the participants and also demonstrated them how to apply these knowledges using real cases.

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In total, during 5 years of its existence the project UNDP-GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” has organized 19 trainings attended by more than 250 people. However, talking about the development of the urban system, we cannot ignore the fact that the field of urban planning constantly requires changes. For this reason, the introduction of young specialist to the up-to-date trends, methodologies and practices constitutes an essential part of the urban projection and planning and this activity should be continued even after the closure of the UNDP-GEF project. 

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