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Serbs Urged to Get on Their Bikes

The association of Belgrade cyclists has made a movie showing that taking the bike to work is the fastest option.

BIRN
Belgrade

A group of Belgrade cycling enthusiasts from the NGO Streets for Cyclists has made a short movie aimed at showing that cycling is the fastest way to get around the city.

"The main idea was to show that people can go to work by bike and arrive even faster [than by vehicles]," Zoran Bukvic of Streets for Cyclists told BIRN.

The movie starts with three persons leaving a building in the Belgrade neighbourhood of Karaburma at 8.35am and going to the city centre using different forms of transport - bike, car and bus.

The person in the car gets stuck in traffic, as well as does the person who takes the overcrowded bus. The cyclist reaches the final destination first in only 13 minutes, while the other two need more than half an hour.

According to Bukvic, cycling is "cheaper, healthier and the cleanest form of transport".

The movie is part of a wider campaign to improve conditions for cycling in Belgrade and increasing the number of cyclists.

Streets for Cyclists was founded in April 2011, when it launched the first Critical Mass, a social event that takes place in more than 300 cities around the world, with the aim of drawing attention to the problems faced by cyclists in everyday traffic.

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