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Vladyslav SEMENIUK

[ region ]

Vinnytsia

Citizen, Vinnytsia

Sustainable Cities And CommunitiesClimate Action

Ukrainian cities face growing traffic congestion, with negative effects on economic productivity, public health and climate change mitigation.

Switzerland has donated trams to Vinnytsia and supported measures for safe cycling. It also helped the city to plan its urban development that prioritises public and non-motorized transport.

I used to live in Kyiv for several years. When I moved back to my home town, I thought it was only a matter of several months. It’s been three years already. Cleaner air and less congested roads thanks to public transport and safe bicycle lanes were key incentives to stay. First I used to drive my car everywhere, like most of my colleagues do. Then I tried riding a bike to go to work. It is my favorite means of transportation now. It really makes sense in Vinnytsia because local infrastructures are well-developed. I even gain 4 minutes riding my bike to work compared to driving my car!

I used to drive my car everywhere. Then I tried riding a bike to go to work. It is my favorite means of transportation now.

Vladyslav SEMENIUK

I made many friends because of the bike. In some sense, I also met my girlfriend thanks to that. We work together on expanding the potential of bike use in the city. We took the initiative to publish an online map that shows existing cycling lanes. That replaced an old map that was totally obsolete. Cities in the regions are underestimated in Ukraine: here life is comfortable, much less stressful and there are as many professional opportunities as in the capital city. I do not see any reason to leave.

#StandWithUkraine

Since 24th February 2022 On February 22, I went to enlist in the territorial defence. On February 24, I spent the night away from home. On February 25, I received a machine gun. I never go anywhere without it, even to the toilet. So my life changed dramatically. I was a practicing psychotherapist a few ago, and now I am a rifleman of the 210th Vinnytsia Battalion. I feel confident because the people around me irradiate with some incredible strength, both physical and spiritual. Given my role and my abilities, I try to do my utmost to first restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine and then, of course, to preserve the unity of its people. And to make sure that my family and my friends may live without the air raid alerts. I want them to live without fearing that our neighbor may break into our homes at any moment and do anything with our loved ones. Time will tell. The war has proved that one cannot think too far ahead.

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