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  10.09.2018, 12:37h

Krka Bike: 470 kilometers of new bicycle routes

The project Krka Bike was presented in the newly-created Laškovica Movement Center: introducing 470 km of cycling routes through the Krka National Park.

The configuration of the land and the natural phenomena in the environment provide numerous opportunities for recreational activities. Each visitor can create their own itinerary visiting the Park: cycling, trips by boat, or hiking along educational trails.

"The bicycling route project is a long-standing vision of the Krka National Park, which, to our great satisfaction, has now been realized. Our wish was to offer a diversity in contents, and with new forms of visiting twenty-nine kilometers of existing hiking trails, Krka NP has become a recreational zone for the local population, and an inevitable destination for those who love nature-based activities, especially in the middle and upper course of the Krka River. The Krka National Park has great potential as a recreational area. We have to be a motivator to inspire all the people who live there and develop a form of visiting that is compatible with the resources that we manage, and those are in fact walking and cycling, which also have the least impact on nature. The total project was granted 454,250.00 HRK, which included, among other things, the development of risk studies and GPS tracks for cycling routes and the creation and installation of cyclo-touristic signaling. We believe that the Krka Bike project will extend the stays of visitors for a few days, which will also contribute to the sustainable development of the whole are," emphasized the director of the Krka National Park, Krešimir Šakić MA.

There are a total of fourteen cycling routes in the Park, including five MTBs or routes for mountain bikes, three Road, and six Track routes for pleasant family rides. The longest is the so-called "Royal Route", a 95.1 km long route that begins in front of the Krka National Park branch office in Skradin, passes through Rupe and Kistanje, and ends in Burnum (Roman military amphitheatre). On the return to Skradin, it descends twice into the canyon of the Krka River (at the Brljan waterfall and the Roški slap waterfall), and after Laškovica returns to Skradin along the same route. The shortest bicycle route, 8.6 km long, from Skradin leads upstream along the Krka River to Skradinski buk waterfall, the most beautiful and most visited waterfalls on the Krka River. All the routes are circular, so that the user can return to the starting point. In some places, the routes cross each other or are parallel, but it is not expected that any cyclist would cross from one track to another.

"There are three starting points and points of origin for all routes: The Krka NP branch office in Skradin, the Visitor Center in Laškovica, and the Krka Eco Campus in Puljane. The Road Route is characterized by athletic road cycling on high-quality asphalt roads, on routes with an above average total length and different height profiles. It is intended for active athletes seeking a physically demanding sport challenge. The Trekking & Family Route is a trekking ride, with mountain or city bikes on asphalt roads and high-quality macadam roads, with slight inclines and declines but without technically demanding sections, intended for families with children and less active recreation seekers of all ages who want to enjoy nature. The Mountain Bicycle Route includes riding mountain bikes on both upkept and unspoiled forest paths, with various routes, along with inclines and descents that can have a higher slope. This is intended for bicyclists with good physical condition and advanced bicycle management skills," explained Marko Fržop, an external associate on the project.

Proper bicycle-touring signaling is set up on the routes, and detailed brochures are available for visitors, with detailed descriptions, photographs, maps and GPS coordinates of the routes.

"By analyzing the route proposal and the existing conditions, it is possible to establish the field management options, the possible sections, and the height profiles of the existing trails, along with the characteristics and jurisdiction of the public traffic areas through which the routes pass. The analysis of the possible routes was performed through a method of placing the proposed routes on cartographic backgrounds along with field recording using satellite positioning devices. A risk study was carried out to enable maximum driving safety and over 300 signs were placed," noted Ozren Pleše, an external associate on the project.

On each of the bicycle routes, visitors are presented with spectacular river scenes, viewpoints offering breathtaking views, leading to contemplation of the power of nature and the importance of its preservation. For fans of riding on two wheels, pedaling along the routes of the Krka National Park, along with the adrenaline charge from racing down a steep slope or a quiet passage through a peaceful meadow, it is possible to gain immediate and direct insight into the richness of the flora and fauna of the aquatic and terrestrial habitats. We have tried to pass on this experience into a brief promotional film depicting all the beauty and diversity of “cyclotourism” in an environment of protected nature and a unique cultural and historical heritage.

You can download the bicycle route catalogue here.