The Transport Programme was established in 2005, and its roots derive from the Energy and Climate Change Programme and the Bicycle Section of Zelena akcija.

About the programme

The programme was established due to a growing need to improve not only cycling traffic and infrastructure, but also the public urban-suburban transport of passengers. Although most of the activities under the programme were focused on urban traffic in Zagreb, we also dealt with various aspects of construction and management of motorways, rail traffic and generally national traffic policy.

Programme goals:

  • Improving public transport, bicycle traffic and supporting infrastructure;
  • Spreading pedestrian zones;
  • Modernisation and development of railway infrastructure;
  • Maintaining public management of the transport infrastructure and improving the management and control systems;
  • Sustainable electrification of traffic.

At the beginning, most of the activities were focused on the critique of unnecessary, megalomaniacal and harmful projects, such as the tunnel through Medvednica and the construction of the northern tangent in Zagreb. Soon the focus shifted on the issue of building public garages, when we sharply opposed their construction in the center of Zagreb. By initiating the "Right to the City" campaign against the devastation of the Cvjetni Square and Warsaw Street, where Zelena akcija was one of the two key organisations, the Transport Programme had an active role in criticising the construction of the garage and the reduction of the pedestrian zone. During this period, a series of different analyses of Zagreb's traffic policy were made and we offered and advocated for numerous solutions to traffic problems. After a long period of disregard, the city administration started applying some of them, although the changes have been too slow to be considered successful.

In addition to participating in the "Right to to the City" campaign, the Transport Programme was included in the campaign "We don't give our highways", where Zelena akcija, along with 6 other associations and 7 unions, opposed the announced concession of Croatian highways. Along with an active public campaign, we collected together over 530,000 signatures for a referendum on this topic, prompting the Government to give up on the concession of the highways.

Over the last few years, due to its low capacity, the Transport Programme has been less active and is mainly focused on changes in the Zagreb General Urban Plan and the International Car Free Day.

Bernard Ivčić - programme coordinator

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