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A unique network of bicycle charging stations opens up travel to forgotten locations in the Jeseníky mountains

The Moravian-Silesian and Olomouc regions have launched a joint project for a network of electric bike charging stations in the Jeseníky mountains. Making facilities available for frequent charging will allow people to get to know the Jeseníky mountains better. The authors of the project have deliberately positioned charging stations in interesting but less visited locations. This may soon change.

“Our goal is to encourage cyclists to venture out and discover less well-known places in the Jeseníky mountains instead of concentrating on favourite tourist locations. This will reduce stress on the most frequently visited places while developing tourism sensitively across the marginal areas of the region,” said Ladislav Okleštěk, Governor of the Olomouc Region, adding that 20 bike charging stations have been placed in the Olomouc Region under this project.

The same number of bike charging stations has been made available to tourists in the Moravian-Silesian Region. “Charging stations are distributed to reflect the travel distance for most electric bikes and allow visitors to not only see the popular spots, such as the Dlouhé stráně hydroelectric power station or Slezská Harta dam, but also places mostly undiscovered or lesser known, such as the Račí údolí valley in the Javorník area or the African Museum in Holčovice,” said Ivo Vondrák, Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Cycling tourists can use the fast charging stations free. Certified connectors can be provided, or visitors can pack their own charging cables just in case. A map of charging stations is available at severnimorava.travel and JESENIKY.CZ, where they can also plan their cycling trip in detail.

“Bike charging stations are operated by the individual premises where the chargers are installed. The charging stations allow their operation, costs associated with charging and usability statistics to be monitored,” said Vladimír Lichnovský, a released member of the Olomouc Region’s local government responsible for external relations and tourism.

The Olomouc Region has invested over 700 thousand crowns into the project, while the Moravian-Silesian Region has released over 1.2 million crowns from its budget. “Developing tourism is a key issue. A project which includes support for environmentally friendly technologies as well as tourism makes me doubly happy,” said Jan Krkoška, Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

V Jeseníkách je síť cyklonabíječek.
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