On March 22, the second local stakeholder seminar took place in Tartu, organized by Tartu City Government with help of the Institute of Baltic Studies.
In the seminar, several new topics were addressed with the main focus on the idea gathering that they city plans to organize as part of its light traffic tender in order to best understand the needs of citizens in terms of new light traffic infrastructure. The idea gathering round will center on the question “Which routes do you want to take?” and ask citizens to use an interactive map to mark down roads that they would like to take during their everyday or weekend commutes (either when cycling or walking). This will be the second idea gathering round of its kind as in late 2018, the city published a comprehensive study “Tartu and the people of Tartu” that also mapped the routes people take when cycling or walking. After the new idea gathering round, the city will be able to compare the results of the two participative rounds and see how the routes people take right now compare to the routes they would like to take. This will also help highlight the problem areas in the city and concentrate resources on addressing them. The digital participation tool that the city will use for this idea gathering is ArcGIS.
Secondly, the HEAT tool was introduced to all the participants – its use, benefits and applications – and the plans on how to use it in Tartu and in Tartu city planning. The participants went through the calculation steps together to get acquainted with the tool and offered feedback as to which parameters should be considrered and how the tool could be best applied in Tartu.
During the seminar, the partners also used another digital participation tool – Kahoot! – to conduct a quick survey among attendees regarding the light traffic idea gathering round in order to explore some of the topics in more depth. All attendees participated and provided valuable insights into both the specifics of the idea gathering (e.g. should other vehicle routes such as fatbikes, scooters etc. also be included) to city-wide cycling issues (e.g. do you plan on using the future bike sharing system). The new bike sharing bikes were also demoed and introduced.
Among the participants were city planners, government, company and NGO representatives and cycling enthusiasts, all in all 30 attendees.
Several more seminars will be organized with local stakeholders in Tartu.