In the municipality, there is a lot of potential for cycling. As part of the investment in the Municipality of Ljutomer two-sided cycling paths have been built.
The Municipality of Ljutomer is located in the north-eastern part of Slovenia. With its 11.000 inhabitants, it is the smallest SI city with the SUMP and has implemented it so far in 75%. As part of the investment in the Municipality, two-sided cycling paths and a sidewalk with the length of 850 meters have been built. Street lighting has been installed too, the pedestrian crossing across the regional road and entries into some side streets have been raised, in accordance with the requirements of the municipal cycling guidelines, giving priority to cyclists instead of cars. The focus was especially on the appropriate design of cycling paths. They are usually built in such a way that cars still have priority. Municipality decided to follow the municipality’s cycling guidelines and build an innovative path that would give priority to cyclist and pedestrians. What was especially problematic was the city centre and the driveways leading to private houses. Inadequate planning of driveways greatly reduced quality of bicycle surfaces. To avoid the situation where cyclists have to ride up and down when crossing the driveways or side streets, the cycle path must run on the same level, and the driveway and side-street entries should be raised in the narrow sections where they cross the cycle path. As part of the investment, two more cycling counters have been put up, which will not only encourage cycling but will also provide data that the Municipality can use for further development.
The operation was carried out under the Operational Program for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, priority axis no. 4. The total value of the project was 290,386.36 EUR.
Evidence of success
The newly designed pedestrian and cycling path is located in the centre of the urban residential area, in the immediate vicinity of the main bus station; it provides a direct connection with the main railway line; it also connects the residential neighbourhood with business facilities and the city centre. In the described area, a cyclist counter is installed, on a pillar, with a LED display showing the number of cyclists.
The Municipality of Ljutomer has received an innovative cycling path in the town centre and the cycling paths are now connected. The inhabitants, commuters, tourists and others can commute and cycle smoothly through the city, they are safe, while cars automatically reduce their speed on the side roa
Potential for learning or transfer
This model of the innovative cycling path has potential benefits that could be realised if cities increased their ambition to make cycling an ordinary, everyday activity. This model can be implemented in a municipality where the distances are short. The climatic conditions are also favourable and allow the use of bicycles throughout most of the year. By developing the cycling culture, improving the cycling infrastructure and raising awareness, we will encourage residents and visitors to significantly increase their use of bicycles throughout the year.