The Center for Environment recently called on all governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, entity and cantonal, crisis headquarters and local communities governments to urgently allow bicycle services, and encourage residents to use a bicycle as a means of transportation for necessary daily travel.
One of the called institutions that responded positively to this initiative, but also to the great needs of the citizens behind it – is the City government of Banja Luka. They responded with the measure of returning the BL bike-sharing system (NextBike) back to work.
On that occasion, the Department of Traffic and Roads appealed to the users to use the prescribed protection measures, while the workers of the department will perform regular disinfection of bicycles and terminals.
However, the work of the bicycle repair service is not approved.
We believe that all citizens who have to move in order to perform daily activities (buying groceries, going to work or to the pharmacy, etc.), if they are able, should be motivated to use bicycles for these purposes. In order for as many citizens as possible to be able to use their bicycles, some of them need the service of bicycle repair shops.
We believe that, with precautions as with other service providers, it is possible to allow the operation of these services.
Furthermore, the Center for the Environment calls for a number of other measures to enable citizens to ride a bicycle as easily, quickly and safely as possible in the current conditions, but also to make a good step towards the safer and more sustainable transport in the post-crisis period.
“One such measure could be the installation of temporary bicycle lanes on the road. Most often done in such a way that the right lane of roads with more than one lane in one direction turns into a bicycle lane. The measure that was adopted in the previous month in cities like Bogota (as much as 117km!), Mexico City, New York, Berlin, Budapest and many other smaller cities (especially in Germany), and which proved to be very successful. So successful that some cities plan to turn most of those temporary bicycle lanes into permanent ones “, states Dragan Kabić, the assistant on the Transport program at the Center for Environment.