Small settlements with a population ranging from 20 000 to several hundred people. Distances between the furthest points are 5-10 kilometers. Fantastic nature and almost complete absence of public transport. This is a typical picture of Ukrainian AH.
The mayors of such entities face the question: how to ensure the mobility of residents and connect small villages with the center of the community where the entire social infrastructure is usually located such as hospitals, ASC, schools.
Children are taken to school by bus, but the regular bus service for the adult population is difficult and expensive.
It is here that a bicycle appears on the stage. First, according to Gosstat, it is already owned by 50% of households throughout the country. Secondly, it is effective at distances of up to 7 km, which covers 80% of the needs for movement of community residents. Thirdly, it is almost free in service and is resistant to various weather conditions. Transporting children to a kindergarten, a trip to the nearest ATB, fishing, a prescription from a family doctor - this can all be obtained by using a bicycle.
The challenge for the mayors is now to create more favorable conditions for cyclists - building infrastructure and bicycle parking spaces. All these things usually recquire significant amounts. But if you compare the cost of building and maintaining the bicycle infrastructure with the cost of buying and servicing several buses for AHs, the bicycle infrastructure wins.
We will talk about how Kyiv Cyclists Association helps bicycling communities and the challenges we face.