The European Initiative on cleaner, better transport cities CIVITAS launched
its first study visit in Zagreb as part of a series of free peer-to-peer
training activities for transport practitioners from across Europe.
The city of Zagreb, welcomed five cities from five countries (Gdansk in Poland, Edinburgh in Scotland, Ploiesti in Romania, Šabac in Serbia, Vinnytsia in Ukraine) on a two-day study tour about cycling projects which have been rolled out in the city.
With the Bike on Bus (BoB) project, for example, bicycle racks have been installed on buses operating on lines that connect the city centre with hilly parts of the city.
Other examples included the Nextbike public bikes system, which was launched in 2013, and the Pedicab rental service, both realised in cooperation with private investments. Both systems are used and appreciated by residents and by tourists and the number of users is growing each year.
Participants were also introduced to the Cycling Network project, which will include the Greenway initiative – a 121,6 km long bicycle track, 50,1 km of which pass through the City of Zagreb. The track will create an unobstructed bicycle connection from the East to the West of the country, a backbone of the future cycling network that will enable fast and safe mobility for cyclists, not only in terms of passengers but also in terms of freight - in the context of urban last mile delivery.
Steven Murrell, responsible for planning and transport from the city of Edinburgh said: ‘The Zagreb study trip focused on cycling was a wonderful learning experience. The ‘city’, specifically the cycling unit, provided the perfect conditions to stimulate learning and interaction amongst the broad range of visitors, and local stakeholders. I was especially impressed by the commitment, energy, and passion of the team, not only to the trip/hosting role, but evidently to their everyday work.”