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Velenje builds cycling infrastructure

Cycling is first and foremost a healthy way of getting around and a smart and green mode of transport which causes no noise pollution and reduces parking-related issues. In cities, cycling is the fastest and best mode for short-distance travels. The positive economic, ecological and recreational benefits of cycling and the advantages cycling has against motorized traffic have helped reintegrate cycling transport into strategies, policies and systems. 

Local authorities in Velenje recognized the importance of fostering cycling as a sustainable mode of transport. They used EU funding to implement three projects of cycle network development and construction of associated infrastructure. Two parts of the network which include seven sections, two small cycling bridges and a bicycle underpass as well as three bike parking garages in the western part of the town and three sections in the downtown with as many as 17 bike parking locations were constructed and developed with the help from the Integrated Territorial Investments mechanism, and 13 sections in the eastern part of the town with the funding earmarked under sustainable mobility measures. A 32.3-kilometre long interconnected set of safe and direct cycling routes was developed. The bike parking solutions implemented across the town and the improved bicycle sharing system additionally encouraged Velenje residents to use bicycles for short-distance travels. Regular use of bicycles importantly cuts transport costs, reduces negative environmental impacts caused by motorized traffic and has positive impact on individuals’ health.

Beneficiary: Urban Municipality Velenje

Programme: Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020

Fund: European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund

Total project funding (three projects): EUR 4,295,153

EU contribution: EUR 2,578,711


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