New traffic signs for a bike route Karavanke - Ljubljana

Matea Uhlik Vidović, 29.08.2016.
Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure together with the Administration for Infrastructure prepared marking of 109 kilometer of national cycling connections D2, from Rateče to Ljubljana. With this tour Slovenia is joining the cycling connection between Salzburg and Gradež. The initiators of this project are two bikers who are employed by the Ministry.  A new Rule of traffic signs has been adopted in July on the basis of which it is possible to set up red colored signs to mark direction of cycling connections and traffic destinations. Traffic signs are now fully equal with bike marks abroad.
Estimated stretch of cycle routes runs along cycle paths, where they already exist, according to state and local roads, which are most appropriate for cyclist in terms of traffic safety and traffic load. It leads in the center of towns and cities along the route, bypassing the natural and cultural heritage, through the center of Kranjska Gora, the old center of Jesenice, Bled lake, through Radovljica pilgrimage center Brezje, old center of Kranj, Smlednik, by the golf course Šmarno Goro, over suspension bridge in Vikrče to Tromostovlje in Ljubljana.

Bike tour
Fig. 1. Overview of the cycling tour over Slovenia

Since the route Rateče-Ljubljana is part of the planned national long distance cycling connections D2, the activity on cycle linking is further planned from Ljubljana to the border crossing Brežice and in the following year to Maribor, Austrian and Hungarian border and as well as to Koper near Croatian and Italy borders. Currently a detailed report is beeing prepared for the marking followed by the purchase and installation of appropriate road signs to guide cyclists on route Rateče-Ljubljana. Estimated value of the project to characterize segment cycling link is around 40,000 euros.