Bohinj best practice
The Bohinj tourist destination has managed to implement some activities for traffic calming in the past few years. The Bohinj Guest Card plays an important role in informing the local community on the purposes in the field of traffic calming as well as the promotion of alternative forms of nature-friendly mobility. The card enables guests who spend at least two nights in Bohinj free parking, free bus rides in Bohinj and discounts for the use of other means of public transport. These are the Ski Bus and Bohinj Ski Train during the winter which reduce the traffic burden caused by visitors who come to the Vogel Ski Centre. We have introduced additional bus rides during the summer season (Hop-on Hop-off bus to the Pokljuka, bus that drives along the Upper Bohinj valley and to the Savica Waterfall), we regularly collaborate with the Slovenian Railways and promote the use of trains. In collaboration with CIPRA and other destinations, we collaborate each year at the implementation of the project Timetables in the Alps. We have marked 22 hiking trails in the valley within the Hiking Trails in Boh inj project. We have also purchased 10 additional electrical bicycles. Recently, the new cycling route from Bohinjska Bistrica to Srednja vas was built in Bohinj, it will be extended to the village of Češnjica in 2016, which will conclude the route around Bohinj. We have also built a bridge in the Danica Campsite, which directly connected Bohinjska Bistrica with the cycling route, and we have also set up a temporary car park before the village where Lake Bohinj is located. A free shuttle bus also drove visitors from the car park to the lake. In 2016 we will provide 2 new bike rental places (park&bike) within the scope of the Park&Explore Nature! Project (FM EGP 2009-2014), we will also design, implement and establish the Intelligent Transport System that will enable the provision of information and promotion of soft mobility. Links: http://bohinj.si/en/about_bohinj/bohinj_guest_card http://bohinj.si/en/winter/ski_bus http://bohinj.si/en/about_bohinj/location#showHere http://www.bohinj.si/design/uploads/content/vozni_redi/in_the_alps.pdf http://www.bohinj.si/en/about_bohinj/location/timetables/bus_transport#showHere http://bohinj.si/si/poletje/mehka_mobilnost/parkiraj_dozivi_naravo http://bohinj.si/design/uploads/use_public_transport_flayer_3.pdf http://bohinj.si/design/uploads/hopp_on_hopp_off_pokljuka_3.pdf
Criteria 1: SUSTAINABILITY EFFECTS
The promotion of the use of public transport, cycling and hiking impacts the quality of air in the area. Car parks will be distanced from the ecologically sensitive lake basin, thus we will prevent the additional burden on the environment caused by individual motor traffic. It will also led to better living condition (noise, pollution) for local people and will have positive impact on local economy specially on tourism.
Criteria 2 : INSPIRING AND EXEMPLARY
The increased rate of use of the Bohinj Guest Card is quite inspiring. The tendency to use buses, bicycles or just walk around Bohinj to explore it, is increasing, since visitors leave their cars at their hosts (hotels, campsites, apartments). Visitors also often decide to visit neighbouring destinations (Bled, Soča valley) by train and bus. It is quite inspiring that during the season, many single-day visitors park their cars 5 km before the lake and decide to arrive to their destination by bike on the cycling route.
In 2009 we have come to an idea of a unique cleaning campaign in Bohinj. In order to preserve this green tourist destination, we, together with local providers decided to organise an event we named Green Weekend in Bohinj. We managed to “bring on board” tourism providers in Bohinj, Slovenian Railways and Bus Company Alpetour. The idea was as follows: Active participants that come to Bohinj by public transport means, help us clean environment can spend free night in one of the partner hotels and apartments.
Regarding the success we understood that “Green Weekend” is a superb example of a successful connection between tourist services providers on a local and wider destination level. The protection of the environment has a tradition in Slovenian history, since we have an invaluable, collective motivation and concern for sustainable development. The initiative of Bohinj has been accepted and supported with open arms. Green Weekend in Bohinj demonstrates that Bohinj as a tourist destination is taking small but certain steps to realise the postulates of sustainable development and sets an admirable example on the international level of tourism development.
During the winter, we offer a low-price Bohinj SKI Train package that includes transport by train, bus, a ski pass and lunch at Vogel Ski Centre. In this way, skiers avoid long queues and the parking problem on a spatially quite limited area.
Criteria 3 : IMPACT ON BEHAVIOR OF TOURISTS AND COMMUNITY
By constantly informing (leaflets for tourists, articles in local newspapers for locals) and the promotion of low-cost rides by public transport (in some cases even free rides), we aim to raise the awareness of the significance of sustainable mobility and enhance the attraction of the region. The use of public transport has raised over last 5 years working on the project. On the other hand, community has begun to understand more and more how important slow mobility is when developing quality tourist products.