WiP: Cars in Tbilisi – Challenges and Perspectives

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 7th talk of the Fall 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“Cars in Tbilisi: Challenges and Perspectives”

By Giorgi Babunashvili, CRRC Georgia

Date: November 6, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 1 Liziko Kavtaradze st., 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia

People in Tbilisi often talk about the growing number of vehicles and problems associated with them. According to NDI and CRRC public opinion surveys, every third Tbilisi resident considers traffic, every fifth parking, and every other pollution among the most important public goods related issues in the city. These issues clearly relate to the cars on Tbilisi streets. Yet official data does not provide a realistic estimate of the number of cars in Tbilisi streets. This talk will demonstrate that there are actually fewer cars in Tbilisi than in government statistics. Through making international comparisons, I demonstrate that despite people in Tbilisi considering the problem severe, the number of cars in Tbilisi is relatively low. However, the number of cars is expected to grow, meaning that current transportation related issues will become worse without effective policy intervention. Public transportation policies are clear paths towards intervention. To support in making them more attractive, the research discusses who should be the target audience for policies that encourage the usage of car-alternative mobility modes.

Giorgi Babunashvili is a senior policy analyst at CRRC Georgia and the Director of Urban Lab. His work generally centers around statistical inference and urban development.

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W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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