You decide! or How active citizens are changing Moscow

You decide! or How active citizens are changing Moscow
An open-air museum has opened on Khokhlovskaya Square, commuter train passengers use Wi-Fi, and the most advanced metro trains have received their own names. All this was suggested by city residents who voted on city improvements.

The Active Citizen website that holds over 3,200 voting sessions and features over 91 million opinions is an online format for those who want to influence the capital’s life. These statistics hold real decisions and changes, including upgraded streets and parks, open-air museums and comfortable transportation.

A new life for Moscow’s streets: improvement projects

Bolshaya Lubyanka, Tverskaya, Karetny Ryad and many other streets, as well as squares, boulevards and embankments, have a new image thanks to the My Street programme. Active Citizen users appreciate the renovation of streets near Zaryadye Park, the Garden and Boulevard rings, Tverskaya Street and others. All of these streets now feature comfortable walking areas and park-like areas.

In all, 175,817 Active Citizen users voted on the first stage of the My Street programme, with 174,481 voting on its second stage. Over 80 percent of them supported each improvement project.

500 years of history: a museum on Khokhlovskaya Square

For many years, an abandoned construction pit “decorated” Khokhlovskaya Square. About ten years ago, the city suspended a construction project after archaeologists found a section of a wall of the unique Bely Gorod (White City) fortress that was built in the late 16th century and torn down in the 18th century. This wall section was remarkably well-preserved.

The city decided to terminate the construction project for fear of damaging the wall section. It was impossible to relocate the wall without damaging it. The square was fenced off, with 197,113 Active Citizen users voting on the future of the wall. Most voters said everyone deserved to see the old artefact. In 2017, the city established the ‘open-wall’ museum, surrounded by an amphitheatre with wooden planking where people can relax after a walk.

Merging the elements, generations and cultures: Zaryadye Park logo

History and cutting-edge technology merge in Zaryadye Park that opened for the city’s 870th anniversary. Built at the site of the demolished Rossiya Hotel, the park features multimedia attractions, an ice cave, an underground museum and a river overlook footbridge. The park is divided into endemic Russian regions, including the steppe, the meadow, forests and a northern landscape, and it offers a unique botanical collection.

In all, 210,186 Active Citizen users voted on the Park’s logo that conveys the country’s diverse image, with over 49 percent choosing a logo that resembles a multi-colour flower portraying the Park as a place where the elements, generations and cultures merge.

Crimson-and-gold grandstands at Luzhniki Stadium

On 11 November 2017, the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena hosted an exhibition match between the Russian and Argentinian national football teams, the first such game after the comprehensive rebuilding project. Today, the arena’s occupancy has been increased to 81,000 seats, the grandstands are located as close to the field as possible, and they are inclined at a greater angle than before. Fans can see the game from any location.

In all, 137,228 Active Citizen users also contributed to the stadium-upgrade project and chose the colour of the Big Sports Arena’s grandstands. Most of them decided that the seats should be crimson with a tinge of gold.

From Meteor to Moskva: naming the most advanced metro trains

A total of ten popular train names were submitted by city residents on the website. In all, 220,281 Active Citizen users voted on the best name for the new metro trains, and 15 percent decided to call them Moskva trains.

The first new trains with gangway connections started running on the metro’s Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line (Line 7) in April 2017. Their carriages feature USB outlets for charging mobile devices and touchscreen monitors for locating the stations, plotting routes and calculating the estimated time of arrival. The city is to receive 912 new carriages from 2017 through 2020.

Wi-Fi, USB ports and music: transport upgrades

Active Citizen users also continue to influence the transport system. In all, over 91 percent of 260,247 voters called for free Wi-Fi in commuter trains on the Kiev, Belarussian, Savyolovo and Riga lines.

In all, 219,524 Active Citizen users voted for benches, trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and device charging outlets at Moscow Central Circle (MCC) stations. Almost 21 percent of voters supported the installation of benches, the most popular item.

Another 214,002 people voted on the Metro Music project, with almost 75 percent deciding that the project should expand. Today, the metro offers 18 sites for street musicians, including 14 at metro stations, plus four at MCC platforms.

Over 315,000 people voted on the new metro line’s name. None of the names received over 50 percent of the vote, with the Big Circle Line and the Third Interchange Circuit making it into the second round. In all, 165,670 people voted in the second round. The Big Circle Line eventually received 53 percent of all votes, with 36 percent preferring the Third Interchange Circuit. Another 10 percent said it was up to the city to decide.

The first section of the Big Circle Line linking the Delovoi Tsentr and Petrovsky Park stations will open soon. The entire line will be 67 kilometres long and will have 31 stations, plus 21 interchanges to other metro lines and the MCC.

Bright colours and the best ideas: outpatient clinics with unique styles

Recently, city residents decided how local outpatient clinics should look. Signs, information desks, reception counters and game rooms will feature similar styles. The new designs will be based on three winning concepts, selected by almost 194,000 Active Citizen users.

A project by the Artemy Lebedev Studio, supported by 25.09 percent of Active Citizen users, was the most popular. The designers suggest different colours for each ward so patients can find their way more quickly.

A project by self-employed business person A. A. Tikhonov placed second and received 14.7 percent of the vote. Colour schemes depend on the type of outpatient clinic: Adult clinics would be predominantly navy-blue, and those for children would feature orange hues.

The DPG Co. project was third with 13 percent of votes. They suggested turquoise as the official colour. Outpatient clinics for children will feature other colours, including orange, yellow, green and azure.