Within a decade, the cycle path network should expand from the current 3,000. Up to 5,000 km, Transport Minister Marius Skuodis said priority would be given to connecting separate roads into the railways.
“Our priority is connectivity, so we have switched from road to rail throughout Lithuania so that it can drive on a specific route. In Lithuania we have stock, we have 3,000 km. Of our priority route. Is to expand the road network to 5,000 kilometers by 2030-2035, “M. Skuodis told reporters on Wednesday.
According to him, it is planned that about a thousand kilometers of bicycle lanes will be installed next to the main roads of the state, another thousand kilometers – in the city.
According to the minister, it is planned to allocate “up to 300 million euros investment by 2030”, but more funds will be needed – about a third of this money will be allocated from European funds and city contributions are also expected.
Our priority was connectivity, so we switched from lane to rail in all of Lithuania so that we could drive on a specific route.
M. Skuodis, who participated in the presentation of the National Road and Infrastructure Infrastructure Development Map on Wednesday, said it would give the cycling community residents an opportunity to assess whether “the most needed sections are planned or not.” “No.”
At the ceremony, the minister stressed that the map would make it possible to rectify the situation where “black spots” appear between state and municipal bike lanes that do not have bicycle infrastructure. According to him, all city and state road development projects have been included in the map, and the ministry intends to present a list of criteria for priority roads in the future.
Remigijus Lipkevičius, head of the Lithuanian Department of Motorways, says the first steps in the national bike development plan will be seen next year. Another 50 kilometers are planned for next year.
“I think the publication of this plan will be a guarantee of transparency that will help control the management of roads and the city, so the continuation of bike lanes across Lithuania is guaranteed,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Transport Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė stressed that the map will be interactive, constantly updated and will allow you to see the current and planned situation of both bicycles and pedestrians: which road will be built first And when they are scheduled to end. Other details about them.
Most of the planned routes are in the city
According to A. Vaiciukevičiūtė According to data provided by the city hall a year ago, 3,860 km of roads will be built – less than half of them under the so-called first priority, most of them will appear in City. Will extend along the main roads of the state and establish connections with neighboring settlements.
The second priority is to finance the remaining projects, which cover about 2,000 km, it is planned to prepare 350 km of separate recreation trails.
She invited City Hall and cyclists to evaluate the priorities that will be announced soon.
“We invite you all to analyze and community the cyclists – to critique, help add to the skis themselves, tell the visible progress and where not,” she said.
In addition to the road, the ministry has promised to include bicycle storage and other infrastructure in its plans, which is being discussed with the state, self-governing bodies and large commercial enterprises.
The Minister of Transport reminded that the government and Seima are considering initiatives related to restricting traffic laws for scooters, which are now equivalent to bicycles, while leaving freedom for these micro-mobile devices to be widely used. He called on the authorities to take strict action on how motorcyclists obey the law.
“One example of what should be there today, when we walk along the Gediminas, we see scooters driving on the sidewalk – this is not possible because there are bike lanes nearby. In this area, the change “Some of the laws are made by nature, certain infrastructure is required. We may have many laws, but it is very important that they are implemented.”
As confirmed by the Ministry, the map contains data from states and cities that allow to assess the current state of roads in Lithuania and show how pedestrian and bicycle paths will extend over the territory of the country until 2035.