Useful information for cyclists and cyclotourists

Useful information for cyclists and cyclotourists

Transport by bicycle is regulated by the Road Traffic Safety Act (Official Gazette no. 67/08 , 48/10 , 74/11 , 80/13 , 158/13 , 92/14 , 64/15). The responsibility for the organisation of bicycle traffic is held by local and regional governmental authorities, in line with the provisions of the Law of Traffic Safety, with the prior approval of the ministry responsible for internal affairs and they manage the traffic in their region.

 

 

The principles of regular, safe and pleasant cycling in Croatia

  • Ride in accordance with the regulations.
  • It is necessary to have all the legally required equipment on a bicycle as well as other equipment in line with weather conditions. Cyclists under the age of 16 must wear a protective helmet, and for those over 16, the wearing of a helmet is recommended.
  • Whilst cycling warn other road users of your intentions, especially when turning at junctions and roundabouts.
  • At pedestrian crossings, without marked cycling lanes, it is necessary to dismount your bicycle.
  • Move as close as possible to the right-hand edge of the pavement, in other words always on the right-hand side of the cycle lane or the lane of the direction of movement, whilst two or more cyclists in a group should be one behind the other.
  • Use your common sense, think about whether the drivers of cars and other motor vehicles can see you (front and rear lights on your bicycle plus a reflective vest or clothing).
  • Be tolerant towards other traffic users.
  • In towns do not ride in pedestrian zones or squares, nor over pedestrian crossings leading drivers to the situation that they do not see you or are not able to react in time.
  • It is forbidden to ride whilst under the influence of alcohol or to speak or text on mobile phones, to ride no-handed or to not be concentrated when riding. The wearing of headphones whilst riding is not recommended.
  • Before and during cycling:
     - check the condition of your tyres, wear and pressure
     - check the brakes, peddles and gears
     - check that any bags and panniers are secured well and that they do not prevent the movement of brakes and pedals
     - check the weather forecast and temperature, and decide on the relevant equipment and think about the appropriate route
     - fill your bidon/CamelBak/bottle with water wherever you can
     - stop at rest and vantage points, take photographs and share your experience, enjoy yourself.

 

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Bikes on public transport in Croatia

Means of public transport that can accept bikes are: trains, boats (ferries) and river ferries, and it is also possible to transport bikes by aeroplane and bus. Also, the bike itself as a means of transport is increasingly becoming a daily part of public transport, and there are more and more public bikes in the towns of Croatia.

Bikes on trains

 

HŽ (Croatian Trains) Passenger Transport offer the possibility of bicycle transportation on trains in Croatia, in the city-suburban service of the city of Zagreb and on the international rail service going to Slovenia, Austria and Germany. The price of transporting a bicycle in Croatia is 15 kuna regardless of the distance covered in kilometres, and the price of a bicycle on all international routes is 5 EUR in the equivalent kuna amount. Additional information about the possibility of bicycle transportation on trains and the timetables is available at www.hzpp.hr, and for any further questions please call +385 (0)1 3783 048 or send an e-mail to informacije@hzpp.hr.

 

 

Bikes on boats

Jadrolinija

The Jadrolinija company with its headquarters in Rijeka runs passenger and cargo ships in five navigational regions - Rijeka, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. An overview of the ferry lines by sailing regions with transport routes and price in kuna for bicycles during and postseason can be found here www.jadrolinija.hr

 

The Rapska Plovidba Company

Bikes can be transported on the Rab – Lun (Tovarnele) route. There is a special discount for the transport of groups of 7-10 people and their bicycles outside the regular sailing schedule. The prices are listed in the price list at www.rapska-plovidba.hr.

 

MB Kapetan Luka TP - high speed boat service

The transportation of bikes is possible on the catamarans from Split to Dubrovnik (seasonal excursion fast boat line), the capacity is five bikes, and availability should be checked before boarding. The price for a bike is the same as for a passenger. More information about this and other fast boat routes is available here: www.krilo.hr.

 

 

Bikes on buses

The transport of bikes is possible on buses - Flixbus (www.flixbus.hr), Autotrans Rijeka for transport to the island of Brač (www.autotrans.hr) and on the bus lines of ZET in the city of Zagreb (numbers: 102, 103 and 105) to Medvednica Nature Park and the top of Sljeme.

 

 

Bikes on aeroplanes

If you travel by aeroplane, a bicycle comes under the special luggage and sports equipment category. On Croatia Airlines flights only packed bicycles are transported. The passenger is responsible for the packaging. Other information about sports equipment and how it is defined for air transport is available here: www.croatiaairlines.com.

 

 

River ferries

Ferry transport over a river on cycling routes is a special experience. River ferries as a traditional transport method for passengers and things over rivers can be seen on the Sava, Drava and Mura. The majority of river ferries work regularly throughout the year, however, during high water levels, they do not run. The ferrymen spend almost all day on the ferry, and the prices are very popular, approximately 10 – 20 kuna per passenger and bike.

 

Locations of river ferries on the River Sava: Medsave, Samobor – Zaprešić; Oborovo, Rugvica – Vrbovo Posavsko, Orle; Lijevi Dubrovčak, Ivanić-Grad – Desni Dubrovčak, Martinska Ves; Lukavec Posavski, Sisak – Graduša Posavska, Sunja and Kratečko, Sisak – Sunja; on the River Mura: Mursko Središće – Fusek and Križovec, Mursko Središće and on the River Drava: Križnica – Pitomača.

System of public bikes in towns

For a healthy, alternative and fun time down city streets, bikes are increasingly being used in Croatian towns. The local populations, employees, students, as well as tourists, use them. The largest and most widespread is the system of public bikes Nextbike, (www.nextbike.hr) with classic and electric bikes on offer in 14 Croatian towns and municipalities: Zagreb, Samobor, Velika Gorica, Ivanić-Grad, Sisak, Slavonski Brod, Karlovac, Gospić, Brinje, Poreč, Zadar, Šibenik, Makarska and Metković. Some towns of continental and coastal Croatia have implemented the Croatian brand go2bike and other similar systems of public bikes such as: BicKo, Koprivnica (www.bicko.bike) Štromček, Čakovec (www.stromcek.hr); Park and Ride Umag, Istraturist (www.istraturist.com) Med Bike, Medulin (www.medulin.hr), Bičikleta, Pula (Pula Parking) etc.

 

 

Electric charging stations in Croatia

Currently, the only charging service in Croatia is offered by Hrvatski Telekom d.d., who enables access to the majority of publicly available charging stations (for more information: e-mobility@t.ht.hr). At electric charging stations all electric vehicles can be charged which have been produced in line with the IEC-61851 standard (all serial produced PHEV – plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and fully electric vehicles, as well as those modified electric vehicles which have homologation approval. Similarly, a significant number of small electric vehicles has already appeared, especially electric bikes, mopeds, scooters, and alike. Information about the network of electric vehicle charging stations is available at: www.puni.hr.

 

 

Bike-friendly accommodation and offers in Croatia

The offer adapted to the needs of cyclists and cyclotourists has no significant differences in Croatia in regards to the criteria and standards of the bike-friendly facilities in other European countries and the world. The most important criteria are: cyclotourist accommodation for a single night’s stay, a secure area (storage) for bikes, a stand/holder/rack for bikes, cycling tools for basic repairs, an area for washing and drying cycling clothes and travel equipment, wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), a rich selection of early morning breakfasts, lunch packets or the possibility of using a kitchen, an info point for cyclists with maps, guides and brochures, information about public transport, agencies (cyclotourism packages and excursions, taxis, transfers etc.) and other service information (bike and e-bike rental, repairs, equipment shop). Facilities in Istria carry the Istra Bike & Bed symbol, whilst those in Međimurje - Cyclist Welcome. Since 2016 facilities from hotel groups have been eligible to the special standard and symbol Bike (for cyclists) from the Ministry of Tourism. Other tourist regions in Croatia are introducing their own bike-friendly brand of accommodation, e.g. Kvarner Family Bike Friendly, Zadar Bike Magic, Šibenik Bike & Hike, Dalmatia Bike & Bed, and accommodation facilities of continental Croatia carry the blue symbol of Bike & Bed.

Camping in Croatia

 

Camping outside of registered campsites in Croatia is not allowed. This refers to camping in open spaces outside of registered campsites and it is punishable by law. Camping is only allowed inside campsites or at parking areas for campers and caravans. The best place to find information about all the campsites in Croatia is at the KUH (Croatian Camping Union) website here: www.camping.hr.

Smaller campsites are more frequent in rural areas of Croatia: mini-campsites and small family campsites plus sites at private households who often have plots and readily accept guests for a single night with a tent. More information about ‘OK Mini Camps’ is available at: www.camping.hr.