Sustainable Development Trends: What Will St. Petersburg Look Like?

8 October 2016, 12:54

Built-up area vs. parks, private vs. public transport and many other dilemmas faced by specialists were discussed at the International Innovation Forum.

Comfortable urban area appropriate for the purposes of citizens, industry and business, increasing of transport flows, ecological, social and economic problems — all of these issues are always widely discussed by urban experts. However they become much more relevant as the anniversary of Sustainable Development approaches. The initiative was offered by the United Nations in 1987. Furthermore 2017 was announced as Russia’s Ecological Year.

The specialists met at a roundtable meeting “Metropolis as a platform of technological development: urban environment’s evolution”. St. Petersburg has positive trends such as bicycle rent points and bikeways. These and others ideas and projects are described in «St. Petersburg development program 2030.» According to the experts, all of them can be implemented only through joint efforts.

As far as transport problems are concerned, the participants of the discussion noted the increase of both public and private transport users. There are several things that determine the choice of transport. There are minimizing of move time, comfort, cost efficiency and public image.

«Today we face the process of digitalization of transport-citizen interaction and applying of mobile data to transport planning. Mobile apps for routing, choosing of transport and transfer optimization,» noted Timofei Volotskiy, transport engineer and head of «Optimal Transport Systems» lab at the Institute of Design and Urban Studies.

These trends make citizens’ livesmore comfortable and also beneficial for business institutions dealing with transport. There are several trends in increasing of transport system’s efficiency such as satellite monitoring of transport, online transport payment systems, transport modeling, multiagent modeling, and self-driving cars.

«It is obvious that the city has its’ problems. But apart from discussing them we also have to attract citizens for solving them,» summed up Sergei Mityagin, the head of ITMO’s Institute of Design and Urban Studies.

According to materials of ITMO University news portal

Anna Evdokimova-Glinskaia