Closing conference of the Cross-Border Bike Project

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By finishing the last 3.9 km of the bike path in Antunovac Municipality, project worth 1,013,357.97 euro, with four partners, was completed. It provides networking of the cycling route from Ivanovac and Antunovac, through Osijek to Pécs, and existing routes between Hungary and Croatia, co-funded by Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme “Development of Pécs-Osijek-Antunovac-Ivanovac biking route.”

Lead beneficiary, Antunovac Municipality and partners: Association for Nature and Environment Protection Osijek, Urban Development Agency of Pécs, Association of Geoscience Pécs, rounded up 90 km of bike paths with educational paths, natural, cultural and historical sights, created specific tourism product for a region, which in continental Croatia records increased tourism with strong potential.

The first conference was held on 5 April 2013 in Pecs, with representatives of organizations which are implementing projects in developing bike routes between two countries. The European Union presented the co-financing of the project in the amount of 85% of the total eligible costs. Antunovac Municipality used the amount of 47.72% of the total project.

- Antunovac Municipality Project is rated by the highest score in the category of bike paths. To the contest 154 projects applied from Croatian and Hungarian border region, and only 39 projects were selected – said Ivan Anušić, Mayor of Antunovac Municipality.

Antunovac Municipality on this bike path marked up three routes of natural and historical significance, Falco cherrug in Orlovnjak, Fortress Korođvar in Ivanovac, a historic landmark dating from the 13th century, surrounded by nature and a lake, as well as the route to the Lipizzaner horse farm, while partners marked up routes from Antunovac, via Osijek, towards Belisce and the Hungarian border, Beremend and Pécs. The path is equipped with urban equipment and horizontal and vertical signalization.

- Within the first construction phaze we included the construction of the bike path 1.800 meters long and two meters wide, along the most dangerous parts of the road from Ivanovac to Antunovac. Also we constructed the path between Antunovac and Josipin dvor, 2,100 meters long and two meters wide- said Nataša Tramišak, Deputy Mayor of Antunovac Municipality.

The path was completed with the aim for sustainable management and protection of the environment in the border region, by upgrading the existing bike routes, with development of bike routes on the Croatian side of the border and connection to existing paths of the city of Osijek. Croatia and Hungary marked up a total of 19 tourist, cultural and historical attractions.

In conclusion, workshops about cycling were organized, as well as international cycling events, opportunities to tourism and new jobs are created, and cooperation between two countries established.

After the Conference, program of the European Cooperation Day was continued at the cycling route Fortress Korođvar, with the event “Return of the Knights to the Fortress Korođvar “, which was visited by hundreds of visitors.