Urban Cycling in Montenegro
Cycling for everyone- an idea that might soon become reality for the small Balkan country of the black mountains.
Earlier this year, the nation’s first urban cycling path was introduced in the capital Podgorica, offering an entirely new way for bicycle use. While recreational practices like mountain biking have become relatively popular in recent years, inner-city cycling has always been viewed as a rather dangerous mode of transport.
During last week’s meeting with the Dutch Cycling Embassy, different local actors shared their experience and position on the current cycling situation in Montenegro. Even though public events like critical masses and open forums have made a noticeable difference, there remains a lot of work to be done before bicycles become a normal sight on the streets. NGOs like “biciklo.me” are actively trying to broaden people’s general perspective on mobility, which for now is predominantly car-oriented.
To change this perspective, cooperation with other interest groups, such as UNDP, prove to be useful to help counter hesitancy from local authorities. A combination of both international experience and local capacities will certainly continue to be essential to support the growth of a montenegrin cycling culture and to ensure that urban cycling really is possible for everyone.
(Pictures above: Left: cycling path in Podgorica. Right: Dorian Lohmann and representatives Podgorica, biciklo.me)
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