Actively promoting cycling in Lviv (Ukraine)

By News Editor / Updated: 21 May 2015

Lviv is using a systemic approach to develop cycling infrastructure and to improve conditions for cyclists in a comprehensive way by establishing a working group, setting up a cycle plan and by active promotion of cycling.

Background & Objectives


Background and Objectives

Ukrainian cities are under immense pressure; private cars – new and old – are flooding cities, buses and trams are stuck in traffic jams, parked cars are blocking pavements and accident rates are increasing. Rising local and CO2 emissions are major concerns.

In this context, the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv has taken the strategic decision to develop cycling as regular mode of transport. Improved cycling infrastructure and active promotion of cycling as modern, clean and truly European mode of transport will help to increase the number of cyclists. This will make Lviv a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable place for its citizens and visitors.

Today, less than 2 per cent of Lviv’s citizens cycle but there is good reason to hope that this figure can climb to Western European levels.





Lviv is using a systemic approach to develop cycling infrastructure and to improve condtions for cyclists in a comprehensive way. This approach includes:

Establishment of regular working group:


  • The working group is made up of representatives from the city administration, planning and design institutes, NGOs and other stakeholders. The working group meets regularly to initiate projects and activities and to monitor progress. It is headed by vice mayor Oleh Synutka. The Mayor Andriyy Sadovyy is fully supportive of all activities and is a cyclist himself.

Development of 9-year implementation plan for the set-up of cycling infrastructure:

Position of cycling advisor as focal point:

  • The cycling advisor in Lviv - the first such position in Ukraine - is actively pushing forward the execution of the cycling plan, coordinating with various bodies in the city. An interview with the cycling advisor Oleh Shmid about his tasks and responsibilities can be found here:

Development of technical recommendations:

  • Technical recommendations have been developed to facilitate planning, implementation of infrastructure and incorporation of new international findings. The recommendations will be regularly updated to reflect lessons learned and legal changes.

Seed investment by city council:

  • The City Council is actively pursuing additional internal and external funds to maintain the rapid pace of progress.

Use of EURO 2012 preparation:

  • Lviv is one of the host cities of next year’s EURO 2012 football championship. As a result, numerous infrastructure facilities will be refurbished. The City of Lviv has decreed that all refurbished road infrastructures will be complemented with cycling infrastructure.

Active promotion:

By September 2011 8km of new infrastructure had been built. It can be expected that by the end of the year 50km will be ready for use. The development of cycling is hampered by outdated planning practices and the fact that most planners have not yet had the chance to plan cycling infrastructure. Therefore key issues for further work include – besides the further implementation of infrastructure – the update of national legislation and training for planners.



Lviv is the first Ukrainian city with a comprehensive approach towards the development of cycling. The active combination of various efforts has contributed to the rapid construction of cycling infrastructure in Lviv. A lively community of citizens, cycling activists, sportsmen, and decision-makers is eagerly waiting to use the new infrastructure and to change the picture of mobility in Lviv – towards more sustainable and human patterns.

Lviv / Ukraine has a population of about 760,000. It is the administrative, industrial, cultural and educational centre of Western Ukraine. The city centre of Lviv is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city will host 3 matches of the EURO 2012 championship.
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GIZ works in the City of Lviv, within the framework of the project "Climate-friendly mobility in Ukrainian Cities“, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project is financed in the context of the International Climate Protection Initiative. More information can be found on



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21 May 2015