Today, October 31, is World Cities Day. The city is a unique phenomenon, the creation of a person, the place of his birth, residence, study, work, and creativity. Urban development will be important for building our future.
The city of Almaty is making great efforts to strengthen environmental sustainability and to counter the increase in the risk of natural disasters and man-made disasters. Much attention is also paid to the implementation of the principle of sustainability in city development projects.
At the “Smart city” forum, which took place in Europe in September, Almaty received the highest award in the “Future of Cities” nomination for a comprehensive reform of the transport system.
This year, 50 best world practices and innovative projects for the development of “Smart Cities” were announced for the competition, among which Almaty took the first place.
In 2017, Almaty ranked second among the countries of South-Eastern Europe for the project “Open Almaty”.
The “Smart city” forum has been held since 2011. Its goal is to strengthen the cooperation of cities in Europe and Asia for joint digital transformation in the “Smart Cities”. Over the years, winners of the competition became Vienna (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Ankara (Turkey), Podgorica (Montenegro), Budapest (Hungary), Tirana (Albania).
Transport reform in Almaty has been implemented since 2015. The Competition Committee noted a systematic approach to its implementation on a number of criteria: the diversity and availability of public transport, the use of digital technologies to ensure the transparency of public transport revenues, the participation of experts, citizens and businesses in the implementation of the reform, including through PPP mechanisms, and an emphasis on improving ecology.
The production of Falcon Euro Bus electric buses is one of many steps towards improving the environment. The construction of two metro stations continues. By 2021, the commissioning of two additional stations will link the city center with the suburbs.
To date, a 21 km long cycle corridor has been formed. The length of the bicycle tracks is 68 km. On average, 15 thousand Almaty-users of “Almaty Bike” – drive about 5 thousand kilometers every day.
Formation of approaches to the implementation of transport reform, the city authorities are working with leading international experts, including UNDP on the Sustainable Transport project.
According to the forecasts of experts, the number of people using public transport in Almaty by 2033 should increase by 4 times, the number of pedestrians and cyclists – by 3 times. The number of personal vehicles will remain at the current level – less than 600 thousand cars.