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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.



Is a ticket for a concert of opera stars a good incentive to promote active transport in Sofia? The INNOAIR team proves that the answer is “Yes!”.

INNOAIR supports the citizens in the transition to alternative ways of moving around Sofia, resulting in cleaner air and healthier lifestyles. At this year's edition of the traditional bike event "Bike Parade 2021 - Sofia cycles and runs for cleaner air" the INNOAIR project partners provided an unusual and prestigious prize - two free tickets to the Gala of the opera prima Sonya Yoncheva and legend Placido Domingo!

“Be brave, live actively and always be together and in shape! My way to thank you is through music!”, says Sonya Yoncheva, with whose support the award was provided.

The event took place on April 18, 2021 and gathered more than 500 cyclists and more than 120 runners, who enthusiastically waited for the start of the parade and despite the cold weather were determined to show their support for cycling and walking in the city. The award aroused great interest. “Such a prestigious award is very motivating!” shared the participants. “Awards like this build an excellent reputation for cyclists! Well done!” they greeted. The winners expressed their gratitude and admitted that they are looking forward to the gala, which will be held in the heart of Sofia on August 31 this year.

An active, fruitful day with a sequel - an unforgettable experience in touch with the work of world-class stars - INNOAIR made this possible.

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.


In order to support healthy lifestyle and moving around Sofia by bike or on foot, the INNOAIR project partners - Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association and Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, with the special support of the opera prima Sonya Yoncheva will provide a special prize: two tickets to the Opera Gala of Sonya Yoncheva and Placido Domingo on August 31, 2021 in front of the cathedral temple "St. Alexander Nevski” for the oldest married couple, which takes part in the cycling and athletic cross of Sofia on April 18.

“Be brave, live actively and always be in shape and together! My way of thanking you is through music!” Says Sonya Yoncheva.

Do you want to support cycling and walking in Sofia? Contribute to cleaner air and healthier life in the city? And in the heart of Sofia to enjoy opera, music and world-class stars? Get inspired by Sonya Yoncheva! Join the Cycling and Athletic Cross with the motto "For cleaner air" on April 18, 2021 and register on the spot!

The meeting point is after 10:00 am, and the colorful procession starts exactly at 11:00 am from Narodno Sabranie Sq. on the route to South Park.

The award will be presented during the official opening of the event.

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INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.


The final project event took place on March 30. Over the past three years, more than twenty organizations – key stakeholders, programme owners, researchers and businesses – came together to build a platform for joint circular economy funding and programming. The project’s legacy involves a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, which provides an efficient and inclusive mechanism to jointly define and prioritize circular economy research and innovation at European scale. In addition, a new digital platform was built, which will provide a lasting mechanism for programme owners to co-create, co-fund and work together towards systemic circular economy. Stay informed of new developments in circular economy and learn how to benefit from the project’s achievements at




In the first edition of the INNOAIR project newsletter, you will find not only information about the key developments in mobility in recent months, but also:

- Results and analysis of a survey on citizens' attitudes towards the transition to active transport.
- Information on the introduction of low-emission zones in the capital.
- Opportunities for involvement in the creation of solutions for innovative urban mobility.

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Building a more accessible urban area and integrating smart mobility solutions are among the main goals of any large city striving for sustainable development. Changes in the field of mobility require coordinated efforts and exchange of experience and on this occasion in Sofia was held Urban Infrastructure & Mobility Forum 2021. Among the partners of the event are some of the partners of INNOAIR project - Sofia Development Association and National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Furthermore, the project coordinator on behalf of the INNOAIR leading partner and director of the Transport Directorate at Sofia Municipality - Ivan Nikolov was among the speakers of the event. He introduced the audience to the INNOAIR project as a good example of introducing innovative solutions to urban challenges in terms of mobility. The audience learned about the main activities of the project, namely the introduction of green transport on demand, testing of low-emission zones and green corridors, as well as improving the public transport scheme in certain districts of the capital. An interesting approach in the implementation of project activities is the active involvement of citizens in the process of designing possible solutions.
Along with the services for shared mobility and micro-mobility, the implementation of the ecological transport on demand, which will be tested in the framework of INNOAIR, was presented by Elitsa Panayotova - coordinator of the Sofia Green project of Sofia Development Association. This innovation is one of the steps for a mass transition to fully integrated transport.

Detailed information about the event can be found HERE.

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.


Urban Infrastructure & Mobility Forum 2021

The urban transport infrastructure and mobility are dynamically developing in accordance with many factors, including public attitudes, technology penetration, adaptation of urban plans and strategies. The transition to sustainable mobility requires coordinated efforts and sharing of knowledge, but each city takes a different approach to achieving the same end goal - greener, more sustainable and more efficient transport. Sofia will review various trends, good practices and priorities in the development of urban infrastructure and the improvement of mobility within the Urban Infrastructure & Mobility Forum 2021, which will be held on March 18 in partnership with Sofia Development Association.

The SDA team contributes to the development of sustainable mobility not only through the partnership with the Urban Infrastructure & Mobility Forum 2021, but also through the work on the first Bulgarian project funded by the EU's Urban Innovative Actions Initiative - INNOAIR. The initiative enables large European cities to test innovative, creative, but also risky solutions to urban challenges, and the thematic area in which Sofia works on is "innovative solutions for achieving sustainable urban mobility". The project consortium includes 2 universities, 2 non-profit organizations, 2 companies and 1 national public body, and the leading partner is Sofia Municipality.

Among the speakers at the forum in the session "Priority projects and capital programs - urban infrastructure, mobility, public transport and parking" is the Deputy Mayor for "Transport and Urban Mobility" in Sofia Municipality and project manager of INNOAIR - Kristian Krastev. He will present the development of Sofia in the field of mobility, as well as innovative practices for improving urban infrastructure such as the upcoming testing of on demand green public transport within the INNOAIR project. The same panel will include Dimitar Dilchev - Executive Director of another partner organization in the project - the Urban Mobility Centre.

Detailed information about the event and a registration link can be found HERE.

You can learn more about INNOAIR on the project's website, as well as through the following social network profile.

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