Bulgaria's Students Mount Bicycles, Deplore Streets

Society | July 10, 2010, Saturday // 12:38| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Students Mount Bicycles, Deplore Streets Bulgaria's economy and energy minister Traicho Traikov (front) and education minister Sergey Ignatov (back, yellow shirt) are seen at Saturday's bicycle trip organized by Bulgarian students. Photo by BGNES.

Bulgarian university students gathered in the center of Sofia Saturday morning to start the traditional bicycle trip marking the end of the academic year.

Over 300 people gathered for the event, which involves a 20-km ride to nearby town of Bankya.

Many of the students expressed dissatisfaction at the opportunities for commuting by bike in Sofia.

The infrastructure of Bulgaria's capital has notorious problems which are getting worse with overcrowding. Among them is heavy traffic, few parking places for cars and virtually no bicycle lanes.

At Saturday's events the students were joined by three members of the Bulgarian cabinet: Sergey Ignatov (minister of education), Traicho Traikov (minister of economy and energy) and Tomislav Donchev (EU-funds minister). Peter Dikov (Sofia municipal urban architect) and Ivaylo Gabrovski (Bulgaria's best cyclist) also took part.

The ministers were more favorable on Sofia's infrastructure for bike riding and expressed optimism about future prospects.

Current Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov has repeatedly claimed the designation of special bicycle lanes as an achievement of his term as Sofia Mayor (2005-2009).

Society » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: students, student, bicycles, Sergey Ignatov, Traicho Traikov, Tomislav Donchev, Peter Dikov, Ivaylo Gabrovski, sofia, Bankya
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria