Zagreb took sixth place in the ranking of ‘bike friendly’ capitals of Europe

first_imgOne of the European trends that is rapidly spreading in European cities is the use of public bicycle systems, all under the motto of healthy living and raising environmental awareness of citizens. Ecological public transport is becoming more and more a reality, and not just an upcoming trend, and citizens are increasingly thinking green, and thus choosing tourist destinations for their vacation that are environmentally conscious.This is also shown by the data of the European Cycling Federation ( ECF ) how in European cities bicycles are becoming one of the main means of transport day by day. According to writing Euronews, Zagreb ranked sixth on the ‘bike friendly’ list of European capitals, thanks to 10,1 percent of residents who use a bicycle as their main means of transport every day.The absolute winners are Copenhagen and Amsterdam with 35 and 32 percent of citizens who use this vehicle every day, respectively. Berlin, Ljubljana and Helsinki are still ahead of Zagreb, but their 13, 12 and 11 percent.London is planning to build ‘bike highways’, and in the Netherlands there are plans to build fast lanes for cyclists. The European Cycling Federation, in cooperation with public authorities, the business community and non-governmental organizations, has developed an EU cycling strategy, which aims to increase the share of bicycles in transport from eight to 12 percent.Bicycle highway in GermanyLast year, Germany began construction of a 100-kilometer-long motorway intended exclusively for cyclists, on the route of abandoned railway tracks. The modern “Cyclo – Bahn” should connect ten cities in the west of the country, and the first five kilometers connecting the cities of Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm have already been completed and are put into operation these days. The project was launched because there are 70 million cyclists in Germany, and according to the German Cycling Club, as many as 60 million people ride bicycles regularly. The newly built route should allow the number of cars on the roads to be reduced by 50.000.Zagreb is the first city in Croatia with a system of public bicyclesCertainly, as this is the story, it should be added that Zagreb is the first city in Croatia to introduce a system of public bicycles, and for which the NextBike system of public bicycles is responsible. Popular Nextbike form of transport is available in 15 Croatian cities and municipalities: Zagreb, Karlovac, Gospić, Brinje, Slavonski Brod, Ivanić Grad, Velika Gorica, Sisak, Zadar, Šibenik, Makarska, Metković and even on the island of Lastovo. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia already has 20.000 registered users who have recognized it as the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport in the city.Also, Zagreb, apart from Sljeme as an interesting bike route with a phenomenal view of the entire city, certainly has the untapped potential of connecting with the embankment of the Sava River, which also extends all the way to Sisak, Sl.Brod and Županja. If we look at the bigger picture, even the Sava River almost connects Ljubljana and Zagreb, so we can talk about a large bike path from Ljubljana through Zagreb all the way to Belgrade.The advantages of cycling as a means of transport should not be particularly emphasized, it includes low costs, a positive effect on health and the environment. Also, integrated public transport is the future that is already arriving in Croatia, and visitors and tourists can use the bus, train, car and public bicycle system as the charms of combined transport.last_img read more