Făgăraș, Romania

A human-sized and well connected city

Offering optimal conditions for sustainable mobility although highly affected by transit traffic and freight transport

Făgăraș is a small-sized city of 30 700 inhabitants with short distances. It is positioned 66 km away from Brasov and 76 km from Sibiu. Though located in a hilly area about 450m above sea level, it has good accessibility via the E68 road that crosses it from East to West. This is a high traffic way going through the city with an important share of freight transport because of the lack of a bypass. Its limited capacity causes a lot of negative impacts

 

A strong walking and cycling tradition needing to be revived

The modal split contains a high ratio of walking and cycling as well as private car use. Public transport is poor (only 2 lines are operated) and there is no dedicated infrastructure for cyclists.

The population and traffic increase considerably during summer time as many of the former inhabitants who left to work abroad, because of the local economic decline, are returning here regularly for holidays. The Făgăraș Fortress could attract tourists but car parking is not regulated.

Therefore, Făgăraș local authorities are committed to adopt a resource efficient management. In this sense, the municipality pursued several actions promoting sustainable mobility and prepared Făgăraș involvement as CIVITAS PROSPERITY partner city. Its compact structure, flat landscape and cycling tradition (22 percent of modal split) are ideal conditions for sustainable urban mobility, but a change of mentality is highly needed.

 

Planning the future liveable city in an integrated way

The SUMP of Făgăraș has been adopted in October 2016. Subsequently, it has been revised in December 2017 in order to meet the changes of the national recommendations in the field and to ensure a better prioritisation and correlation of the urban mobility measures. There is a strong will to draw the urban mobility measures in parallel with the ones included into the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) as well as with the land use planning, endeavour also encouraged by the national legislation in force.

 

An urban mobility living lab

In May 2018, three large interrelated urban mobility projects have been presented for being funded through the Regional Operational Programme, while soft measures for the preparation of the pedestrianisation of the city centre have been reinforced since the involvement of the city as partner in CIVITAS PROSPERITY. The training and coaching activities of which its team and associated stakeholders benefited in this context supported Făgăraș in the optimisation of the urban mobility approach and projects based on the innovation briefs and the exchanges of experience, empowering it to assume the role of urban mobility living lab at national level.