European Regional Development Fund
The aim of our project is to create the first and in Europe the only cross-border bicycle-sharing system. In the programme area (in the Slovak-Hungarian border-region) will be realized a new public transport service. This will contribute to a better accessibility and improves the level of social interconnectivity. In the year of 2001 was opened the Maria Valeria Bridge between the Slovakian Štúrovo and the Hungarian Esztergom with the support of the European Union. For these 15 years owing to the bridge has explosively grown the accessibility of these two, until then closed cross-border regions: thousands of people commute between their workplaces and homes, hundreds of students attend their schools across the border. The majority of inhabitants do their shopping and their free time activities on the other side of the river. The local people and the tourists actually can cross the border by their own bicycles, cars or by bus. The aim of our project is to create a new public service – bicycle-sharing system -, which will better connect the inhabitants of the cross-border region and the tourist, who will come to Štúrovo or Esztergom. Owing to our new service, more people will cross the border for free and also helps to decrease the pollution. In the project there will be established bicycle stations on many places of both towns. From these stations both traditional and electronic bicycles will be able to be borrowed. Thanks to the common development of the system, people will be able to borrow from all the stations and also return these bicycles to whichever station. The stations will be established near all the important urban functions (offices, transport systems). The system will serve mainly the local people (workers, students, elderly people), who cross the border regularly - daily.