Project BICBC Closing conference: Croatian and Hungarian cross-border area enriched with 12.5 kilometers of cycling tracks

Cities Mohacs, Beli Manastir, Belišće, Osijek Baranja county and Croatian Waters presented results of the cross-border bicycle route development project - BICBC on closing conference in Osijek. 

Hungarian lead partner, City of Mohacs, constructed 4.3 km of cycling tracks while Croatian partners built in total 8.2 kilometers. Besides the tracks there were several other investments in cycling infrastructure along the way.

"We implemented number of activities aimed at promotion of cyclotourism and area in general. The mobile application was developed and it is available for free download. Users can explore the route and browse database of events and sights to visit along the cycling routes. We installed 20 parking spots for cyclists throughout the County, printed brochures and leaflets, ran cycling safety campaign, held cycling event, erected info boards and much more. Summed up, the results are encouraging, and we hope that we set strong foundation for the future projects where we wish to make Hungary and Croatia even more connected with the capillary network of cycling tracks", said Silva Wendling, head of the Administrative Department for Agriculture and Rural Development of Osijek Baranja county.



Besides the Osijek Baranja county, as a host of the conference, each partner in the project presented individual results, activities and lessons learned.

"This project added to our EU funds powered expansion of cycling tracks we are constructing along the Croatian-Hungarian border. We can say that if we continue with this tempo, in a few years we will have excellent cycling infrastructure layed throuhgout the region, for every visitor to enjoy", said Marko Blagus from Croatian Waters, company that did the most construction works. 



Representatives of City of Mohacs, City of Belišće, and City of Beli Manastir also presented their insights to the conference participants.

Stjepan Ribić from Regional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja provided the glimpse of the future possibilities for further cyclotouristic development through EU funding, and detailed insight in the continuation of the Hungary - Croatia cross-border cooperation programme was provided by the head of the JTS, Márton Szűcs. Zoltan Pamer, head of foreign relations unit at South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency, wrapped the conference with the overview of the cycling infrastructured development in South Transdanubia.