The first tracks will start to be arranged in the Koroška region in the next few days. 15 million euros will be earmarked for this purpose over the next four years. The tradition of Saturday cycle trains will continue on the Koroška line, with a new train service between Maribor and Bleiburg in Austria.
The Drava cycle route, which mostly follows quieter state and local roads, is suitable for experienced cyclists. In order to adapt it for younger cyclists, several renovations of the route will start in the Koroška region, says Uroš Rozman, head of the Drava cycle route implementation project. "An approximately 1,5km long section will be built in the Muta Municipality, between the Vuzenica bridge and Spodnja Muta. We will also be building in the Radlje Municipality and sections are already being built in Ruše and Maribor, where the Ruše–Maribor section will offer a safer connection," says Rozman.
To Koroška by train
The old route has been marked out anew, 450 signs were erected between the Austrian and Croatian borders. A website has been set up, which includes 70 tourist offerings along the route. New information boards, based on the Austrian model, will be put up this year.
"We have developed a concept for rest areas. They will be the same all along the route. The first rest areas will be set up on the Ruše–Maribor cycle route," added Rozman.
Once this summer’s school holidays start, cycle trains will operate on the Koroška line. They were very popular last year and they will travel all the way to Bleiburg this year. Slovene Railways intend to renovate the station at Ravne na Koroškem as well as the Podklanc underpass near Dravograd.