PROJECT: Promoting for Cycling as a Transport in Tbilisi

Experienced in project planning and management, Lika aims to raise road safety standards in Georgia. For the last ten years, she has been implementing different awareness-raising projects and campaigns in her capacity as the project coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization Partnership for Road Safety. Currently, Lika is a Director and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Space for Education and Development. She is a Member of the Editorial Group of Scientific Journal Intellect, released by Georgian Science and Society Development Fund.

Holding a Ph.D. degree in Psychology (Organizational Development and Consulting), she acquired her doctoral qualification from the Georgian (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) and Spanish (Universidade da Coruña) institutions. Along with her civic initiatives, she holds academic positions as an Invited Lecturer at the Caucasus University (Module on Educational and Development Psychology) and Associate Professor at the Tbilisi Open University (Modules on Educational Psychology and Professional English for Psychologists).

“Through this fellowship award, I organized large-scale public campaigns engaging up to a hundred cyclists and volunteers. This experience played a huge role in my future civic activism. Thus, from a professional perspective, the project helped me enhance my communication and events management skills. I am very excited to get acquainted with so many local activists and influencers making this city so vibrant and dynamic.” – Lika MERABISHVILI.

Promoting for Cycling as a Transport in Tbilisi

The project aimed to promote cycling as popular transportation in Tbilisi. To achieve that, Lika organized two large-scale cycling marches in the city center during the Christmas holidays. The volunteers actively distributed the information leaflets on safe transportation at both events. All participants received safety accessories as the necessary attribute for safe cycling. Both campaigns engaged influencers, activists, local authorities and media representatives. Apart from the community outreach activities, Lika held collaborative roundtables with the local decision-makers from the Tbilisi City Hall. To enhance the cycling environment in the city, policy recommendations were shared with the local authorities.

Through the offline meetings and campaigns, the project increased public awareness of safe cycling in the city. Thus, the civic activists shared their perspectives about road safety and infrastructure with the local government. Apart from the promotion of cycling as sustainable transportation, the project delivered outstanding institutional changes. Tbilisi City Hall just initiated a new transport policy that puts sustainable mobility on top of the political agenda. The latter includes the safe cycling regulations in the city.


Fellowship Programs 2017
Country Georgia
Areas of Interest Awareness raising
Topics Environment & climate change
Health & sports
Transport & road safety
Project duration November 2017 - March 2018