CYCLISTS from the Cyclists’ Union of Košice protested on October 30 at the Košice City Council by bringing billboards and bicycles into the building, the SITA newswire wrote.
“In this way, we hope to pressure the council members and the mayor to change the resolution from the last session, in which they transferred Sk3.5 million (€116,200) set aside for the construction of a cycling path on Komenský Street to the construction of a parking lot,” said Karol Labaš, chairman of the Cyclists’ Union. “This change occurred without the city council notifying us, and this caused us problems.”
The Alliance to Support the Beautification of Košice is taking part in this project, and its chairman, Ladislav Rovinský, said that they have more donations to contribute, but by cancelling its participation and withdrawing its resources, the city has now threatened the construction of the cycling route.
During the discussion with cyclists in the city hall lobby, an employee of the city roads’ administration said that the project had been delayed by the absence of the written proposals of the organisations involved, which are necessary before construction can proceed.
He added that the project had not been sufficiently prepared and that the cycling route would not be built this year.
The protesting cyclists finally agreed to a joint negotiation between the Cyclists’ Union, the Alliance to Support the Beautification of Košice, the mayor and responsible council employees within 10 days, to re-evaluate the preparation and implementation of the cycling path project.
10. Nov 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports