Riga’s summer experiment has officially finished
At the end of the Tērbatas Street project as a summer street, from Monday, August 17, the street reopened to traffic and public transport, the Riga City Council informed.
One month from July 17, the Riga municipality implemented the idea of the city’s summer street for the first time in an experiment, allotting Tērbatas Street to pedestrians, cyclists, traders, and on weekends – to the cultural program.
“The main goal of the experiment is to find out whether Tērbatas Street can function as a pedestrian and bicycle street. Whatever the results of the evaluation of the experiment show, we are happy to remove this issue from the municipal agenda, which has been there for more than 12 years. This experiment has required flexibility and adaptation from both the residents and the municipality, and in my opinion, Riga is able to do great long-term projects for the well-being of the residents, ”said Edvīns Balševics, the head of the Riga City Municipality’s interim administration.
“The Riga Center Development Association (RCAB) welcomes both the street format and the scope of the event, as well as acknowledges the shortcomings pointed out by some skeptics and commences to think and address these challenges so that the summer street concept becomes more powerful and more enjoyable for everyone. At the same time, RCAB is also aware that everyone can never like trying new things and striving for progress, so it calls on citizens to continue to express both support and criticism, but to be tolerant and open to change”.
Along the length of Tērbatas Street, for the convenience of the residents, green recreation areas were arranged and cafe terraces were expanded, and it was possible to enjoy country delicacies from Latvian home producers.
In addition, free Wi-Fi was provided throughout the street.
In order to evaluate the results of the experiment, Riga Municipality will continue the face-to-face surveys and data collection of residents and entrepreneurs until September 16, as well as the internal evaluation of the initiative.
All results will also be submitted to the new council for consideration. The questionnaire is also available online.
Riga Municipality reminds that by October 31, in order to promote the economic recovery of the city after the crisis caused by Covid-19, the coordination procedure for the establishment of summer cafes has been facilitated in the capital and the street sales have been temporarily tax-free.