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During the Velo-city conference every day participants will have the possibility to discover Ljubljana's cycling developments by taking part in technical visits led by experts in small groups on a bike.
All tours will run every day in parallel to the conference programme with the following schedule:
Discover the 5 tours here below (on a first come, first served basis. One person can select and attend only one technical visit.):
The aim of the thematic cycling paths is to establish attractive cycling links between various parts of Ljubljana along less busy streets for daily commutes by bicycle. Since 2014, we have marked four thematic cycling paths: Waterside path (12km), Plečnik's path (14km), Forest path (7km), and the path around Ljubljana along the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship (32km). In this tour we are going to see the mix of all 4 of them.
We gradually completely renovated the city centre and redesigned it into a pedestrian area with a size of more than 13 ha. One of the most visible measures for introducing a high-quality public space in the city centre is the rearrangement of a part of the main traffic axis - Slovenska cesta - into an area dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and city bus users (shared space). By building or renovating 13 bridges over the Ljubljanica, we linked the embankments and shortened the distances.
With its numerous interesting bridges and picturesque embankments, the river Ljubljanica gives the old centre of Ljubljana an unmistakable air. The river served as the city's principal commercial artery and supply route from Roman times until the arrival of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century. The architect Jože Plečnik left a decisive mark on the city with his arrangement of the river embankments in the old town centre, designing tree-lined promenades and creating or renovating a series of bridges over the river and its tributaries. The Ljubljanica embankments are today a lively gathering place with numerous outdoor cafés. The Waterside Cycling Route links the urban environment with some of the less well known areas of Ljubljana and the surrounding countryside. The entire route runs along the banks of the Ljubljanica, the river that gives the city its special charm.
The P+R system (P+R stands for park and ride) is a combination of private and public transportation, which allows users to reach the main points on the city outskirts or the radial roads with their cars and continue their journey to the city by bus or a bicycle from the BicikeLJ bike-sharing system. The bicycle is accessible by a 7-day ticket or an annual subscription. By paying a parking fee of 1.30 euros, the P+R system users are entitled to two bus rides on the same day. This way, the number of cars in the city centre is reduced. In Ljubljana, there are six P+R facilities that operate within the P+R system.
Since the bicycle parks caused such widespread thrill, we have decided to keep turning some degraded areas into pump tracks. At the intersection of the streets Linhartova and Topnika cesta, we have arranged the new bicycle park KoloPark Bežigrad within the European Mobility week 2017. Like KoloPark ika it also offers free-of-charge fun and practice with all kinds of self-propelled vehicles, from bikes, kick scooters, skateboards, inline skates, to roller skates and foot-propelled bikes.