City of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Ljubljana has always been at the crossroads of important transport routes. It has all the facilities of a modern capital, and yet it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere. Its surrounding areas are renowned for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and a wide variety of culinary delights. The City of Ljubljana (COL) consists of 17 districts. The surface area of COL is 275 km² with a population of around 280,000 people, of which 17.65 % are students. Additionally, there are 140,000 daily commuters to Ljubljana (mostly by car) and almost 400,000 tourists visit Ljubljana each year that are attracted by the historical centre which has in past year been pedestrianised. Ljubljana is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition and congressional centre as well as the transport, science and education centre of Slovenia. International businessmen, economists and experts from all fields frequently attend the city's many business and congressional meetings, exhibitions and trade fairs. It is home to numerous theatres, museums and galleries, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world.
Actual state of accessibility-work
Ljubljana has a long tradition of planning for people with disabilities. The City of Ljubljana is home to many organisations related to specific groups of PRM. Therefore the city has a long tradition of inclusion and adaptation of public space for people with special needs. This was acknowledged in 2009 when the city of Ljubljana received the title “Disabled friendly municipality”.
Responsibilities in accessibility work lie entirely with the City of Ljubljana as there is no formal regional level of planning in Slovenia. There’s a dedicated group of people from different departments working on barrier-free constructions and regulations for barrier-free building.
The Department for Spatial Planning is in charge of planning in terms of the spatial dimension of projects and wider context regarding land use and urban development, including public space. The Department for Commercial Activities and Traffic focuses on infrastructure and actual implementation of projects on site. Ljubljana public transport operator LPP manages the city bus network. This Organisation is active in many projects and is constantly improving the system so that it can be used by all users, including people with different disabilities. LPP has improved its service in recent years. For example, most of the city bus fleet is now accessible for wheelchair and buggy users. Furthermore, all bus stops are equipped with signs for the visually impaired.
Even though Ljubljana has a long tradition of planning for people with disabilities, the city administration is aware of the fact that constant improvements are needed on this field. New knowledge of accessibility planning is always welcome, since planning for people with disabilities is an ongoing process.
The City of Ljubljana expects useful outputs from the project, which could be easily translated into actual measures. Strategic documents for planning for all already exist in Ljubljana, but actual solutions that could be implemented are occasionally missing.
Departments of the city administration and organisations involved in ISEMOA are: Department for Spatial Planning, Department for Commercial Activities and Traffic, Ljubljana public transport operator LPP and Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. A number of different non governmental organisations and associations at a national, city and local level got involved and helped with the development of the measures.