Kyiv Cyclists’ Association (AVK) is a non-profit, non-partisan member organization that works to strengthen the voice of current and potential cyclists and to promote cycling as a sustainable, safe and fun urban transportation. AVK works mostly in Kyiv but we actively cooperate with NGOs, cycling activists and city councils in other Ukrainian cities as well as cycling advocates in wider Europe.

 Main areas of work:

  • advocacy in Kyiv (control over street reconstructions, maintenance of existing cycling infrastructure, development of cycling plans for Kyiv districts etc)
  • advocacy at the national level (revision of cycling-related legislation, capacity-building in city councils and local NGOs on cycling, sharing knowledge and best practices on infrastructure development and promotion of cycling)
  • building public demand for urban cycling (Bike Mentor Program, annual cycling-friendly employer award, bicycle rides and events in Kyiv and support in other cities)

Structure of the organization:

  • 315 members (January 2015),
  • Board (Head of the Board + 4 Board Members)
  • 4 staff members: AVK Coordinator, National Policy Coordinator, Media Coordinator and Office Assistant
  • over 20 active volunteers

Main projects:

Main achievements:

  • AVK activists developed Kyiv Cycling Program 2009-2012 that was approved by the City Council in 2008.
  • In 2011 AVK initiated START project – development of coherent cycling infrastructure in a pilot neighborhood of Kyiv. In 2013 we helped to establish a working group and to attract foreign expertise to develop the concept document that contains a map of cycling routes and promotion activities. The concept is pending approval of the city council.
  • In 2011-2013 AVK was the main organizer of the annual International Veloforum Conference, raised representation and overall quality of the event. The conference became local VeloCity, Ukrainian cities are competing for hosting the event.
  • First bike paths were constructed in Kyiv due to AVK’s persistence. They attracted attention of a wider audience to the problems of cycling infrastructure in the city.
  • In 2012, AVK launched Ukrainian Centre for Cycling Expertise, an information hub accumulating all cycling-related documents and best practices useful for municipalities, traffic engineers and everyone interested in the promotion of cycling.
  • In partnership with other organizations, AVK offers legal and moral support to cyclists injured in road accidents.
  • In 2013, AVK has launched the first social advertising campaign in Kyiv to raise awareness about cycling. In 2014, we extended the campaign and mostly focused on driver’s behavior.
  • In 2016 AVK Coordinatior in Kyiv Ksenia Semenova became Vice-president of European Cyclist Federation, strongest cycling advocacy player on European arena.
  • In 2016 AVK conducter successful campaign for changes of National design standards. New and more cycling-friendly street design standards were approved at the end of the year by the Ministry of Regional Development. The document waits for the final formal adoption.
  •  In 2016 AVK became technical partner in project of development Kyiv cycling concept. Document already published by Kyiv City Council and expect for voting by Kyiv Parliment.

Major partners and donors:

 

Contacts:

Iryna Bondarenko 

Executive Director

National Policy Coordinator

+38 (044) 500 89 36

+38 (097) 699 10 38

info {at} www.avk.org.ua

Ksenia Semenova

Coordinator in Kyiv

ksenia.semenova {at} www.avk.org.ua

+38 067 253 1843

 

04070 Kyiv, Illinska Street 12, office 313

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KyivCyclistsAssociation

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