On the occasion of the World Car Free Day, on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and during what is European Mobility Week, Sunce, the association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development is organising the 11th Split ‘Biciklijada’ Bicycle Festival starting at 4 p.m.
The program of the 11th Split Bicycle Festival is divided into two parts. The first includes cycling along a given route from the church of St. Frane to Đardin from 4 p.m., and the second is the traditional gathering in Đardin around 5 p.m. with an accompanying entertainment program that will include a raffle, a bicycle auction and a music program.
“All participants of the event will have the opportunity to win over 40 individual prizes during the entertainment part of the program, which we have prepared in cooperation with our sponsors and partners,” said Tihana Arapović, Sunce’s expert associate and organiser.
All participants who register on September 24 and cycle the given route have the right to win a prize. Registration starts at 15:30 at the church of St. Frane, and the previous application for participation must be made on the following LINK.
Route 11th Split Bicycle Festival
START: Church of St. Frane
ROUTE: Trumbićeva obala, Ivan Meštrović Promenade, Marina Tartaglia Promenade, Antun Gustava Matoš Street, Jerolim Kavanjin Street, Ante Starčevića Street, Ivan Gundulića Street, Dujma Mikačića Street, Bihaćka Street, Livanjska Street, Sinjska Street, Zagrebačka Street, around Đardin
“You don’t have a bike, but you want to participate, we have a solution for that too! On the day of the event, from 15:00 to 21:00, Split parking allows all citizens over the age of 18 to rent Nextbike bicycles free of charge with the Nextbike application,” the organiser told us.
“Likewise, I would like to emphasise that if you are coming to the bike ride from the islands of the Split navigable area, on the day of the event you can take advantage of a 30% discount on the basic fare of Jadrolinija tickets for persons and vehicles,” pointed out Arapović.
In Đardin from 5 p.m., the host of the entertainment part of the event, Ante Travizi, will start the program of the Split Bicycle Race in a fun and interactive way. At the same time, at the information stands in Đardin, all interested citizens can learn about the work of Sunce, find applications for volunteering and membership, and donate to Sunce.
Membership fees directly support the protection of nature and the environment and a contribution to sustainable development – pointed out Sunce director Gabrijela Medunić-Orlić.
At one of the stands, students of the Faculty of Law and a volunteer from Green Phone, with the support of Sunce lawyers, will teach you how to become the voice of the environment. Through the SEAS project, the students gained knowledge about environmental law and how it is implemented, which they will be happy to share with everyone.
“We must raise awareness that sardines cannot fight for clean seas on their own, just as the environment cannot be protected on its own if it is threatened, that is why we can give voice to the environment and influence the development of these rights in the Republic of Croatia – said Hajdi Biuk, expert associate the lawyer of Sunce.
Sunce primarily wants to draw the attention of citizens and responsible persons to the growing problem of traffic jams, which can be solved by improving and adapting the transport infrastructure for the use of alternative forms of transport.
“The number of cyclists in the city of Split is growing every year, and this means of transport, along with the residents of our city, is increasingly being used by tourists – both local and international, especially since Split got bike rental stations, as well as new bike paths. In order to enable a more functional bicycle transport system, Sunce will also emphasize the purpose of sustainable transport and thus tourism this year,” said Medunić-Orlić.
European Mobility Week is a European Commission campaign that traditionally takes place from September 16 to 22 and encourages small and large cities to introduce and promote sustainable means of transport. This year’s theme “Better Connections” tries to connect every aspect of sustainable transport in the urban environment, which can connect people, places, logistical challenges and politics. Complementary to this campaign, the primary goal of World Car Free Day is the promotion of sustainable forms of transportation.
“This year, we want to see as many citizens as possible on bicycles and together send a message about possible improvements to the bicycle infrastructure and ways to encourage active mobility,” concluded Medunić-Orlić.