Khreshhatik for pedestrians?
Discussions are rife in Kyiv as to whether the Khreshhatik should be opened to road traffic. Traditionally, the city’s central street was used as a pedestrian boulevard during weekends and a road during weekdays. Over recent months, the Khreshhatik was occupied by the Maydan tents and it was only last Saturday that traffic began to flow along it again. The majority of the city dwellers, however, became accustomed to the centre being a no-car zone, and even car owners now support the Khreshhatik being turned into a permanent pedestrian boulevard.
This weekend, the “Pedestrian Khreshhatik” action is due, aimed at showing that a street is indeed public, and not utilitarian, in its use. Activists have been distributing chalk for people to write out their opinions. Next to patriotic and political slogans in Ukrainian, a slogan in Polish also appeared today.