Ušakovs: No traffic limits in central Rīga without infrastructure

There will be no further traffic limits in central Rīga prior to the introduction of cycling infrastructure and park&ride schemes, Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) told Latvian Radio September 18.

Earlier a commercial TV show Nekā personīga reported that the council plans to introduce a €5 fee for driving into central Rīga

Ušakovs said that thus far no decision has been taken over introducing an entry fee for vehicles driving into central Rīga, despite what was reported in the media. He expressed surprise over the proposed fee of €5.

"I can tell you safely that €5 is something out of a sci-fi," he said.

He said that for several years there's discussion over reducing vehicle flow in central Rīga, and several ways of doing that are being considered. These include reducing the number of lanes on main streets, or closing some streets to traffic, or raising parking fees. 

"Introducing an entry fee is one of the ways we could do that," he said.

Ušakovs claimed however that before any of these would be introduced there should be a park&ride system and suitable cycling infrastructure in place. 

"Together with Danish specialists we'll be solving everything related to organizing cycling transport, using park&ride and infrastructure so that other solutions reducing vehicular entry could follow," he said.

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