Zagreb’s Lake Jarun gets a pedestrian-friendly makeover and new bus line
- by croatiaweek
- in News
Zagreb’s Mayor Tomislav Tomašević, along with deputies Danijela Dolenec and Luka Korlaet, toured the newly renovated Aleja Matija Ljubek on Lake Jarun on Saturday and took a ride on the new ZET bus line 113, which now runs around the lake on weekends.
This renovation has been a long time coming, as the thoroughfare has not seen any significant improvements in over 40 years. The works were financed with a total value of 3.7 million euros, mostly from the Solidarity Fund. Mayor Tomašević expressed his gratitude towards all the competent city offices and companies that participated in this historic renovation.
Furthermore, Mayor Tomašević emphasized the importance of moving towards the vision of Jarun without cars.
As a temporary solution, the number of parking spaces on the shore of the lake has been significantly reduced, and new parking spaces have been opened at several locations at the entrances to the lake.
Although car traffic in one direction is not abolished, the mayor announced that in the next year, the last weekend of each month will be a car-free weekend, and only official vehicles and vehicles for the needs of sports clubs operating within Jarun will be able to enter Jarun.
The ultimate goal is to completely ban automobile traffic for all vehicles that do not have a permit on the Jarun in a year, making it the largest pedestrian and bicycle zone in Zagreb.
Deputy Dolenec pointed out that the new traffic regulation on the Jarun introduces two traffic lanes for two-way bicycle traffic on the inner perimeter of Aleja Matija Ljubek, closer to the lake. This solution aims to avoid the intersection of bicycle traffic and motor vehicles, making it much safer for cyclists.
Another significant development is the extension of the existing ZET line 113. The bus now makes a circle around the lake on weekends, with 11 new bus stops and departures every 45 minutes. Deputy Dolenec stressed that this makes it easier for a large number of citizens to get to the lake.