City of Maribor, Slovenia
|Number of inhabitants:||120,000|
|Population density:||2857 inhabitants /km²|
Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia.
The city's development was, is and will be determined by its geographical position on the junction of roads connecting Central Europe with Southern Europe and Western Europe with the Pannonian plain. Due to its distance of just 18 km from the Austrian border, Maribor represents the gateway into the country as well as to the Balkans. This favourable position makes the city a cultural and economic centre of north-eastern Slovenia resulting in environmental pollution caused by traffic.
During the 1990s, the massive increase of car ownership and car usage by commuters brought congestion problems on the roads in the city and region. There are big transit routes through the city and also more than 50.000 people commute to work in the city every day with around 37.500 cars. The public transport users are decreasing each year. Maribor is also working on the development of cycling and walking routes.
The city of Maribor does not yet have a Sustainable Urban Transport Plan. Until now the main activities were oriented by the preparation of a traffic strategy that mainly involves questions about where to build new roads or how to organize stationary traffic. In January 2009 Maribor adapted its local energy strategy which includes some transport issues in terms of energy and the environment.
Improvements through ADVANCE
Through the ADVANCE project the city expects and is interested in exchanging know-how and experiences and to improve mobility issues in the city of Maribor.