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Belgrade Drivers Tempted to Pedal to City Centre

Belgrade is encouraging drivers to leave their cars in the garage by offering free bicycles to those who rent spaces in certain garages.

Gordana Andric

In a drive to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre, Belgrade Parking Service is offering the use of about 100 electric-powered bikes to drivers who park their cars in selected parking garages.

By the end of June, drivers who pay for parking in one of three garages - Ada Ciganlija in Cukarica, Sava Centre in New Belgrade or Milan Gale Muskatirović in Dorcol – can take a bike at the garage and thus complete their journey to the city centre.

“The main goal is to relieve traffic in the city centre and so cut noise and pollution levels in the capital,” Boban Kovacevic, the director of Belgrade Parking Service, said.

He noted that it will be much easier for drivers to park their bikes at one of 200 parking place for bicycles than find parking places for cars.

Radenko Vukovic, president of the Association of Serbian Parking, says Belgrade is short of at least 15,000 parking spaces for cars.

Drivers can use the bikes only after paying for a parking ticket at one of the three garages.

Along with their electric bike, they will also get a helmet and a backpack.

Drivers renting bikes will sign a contract obliging them to return them.

The bikes are ridden like any other bike by using pedals. The big difference is that riding these bicycles requires a lot less energy, thanks to the electric motors.

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