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18Nov/20

Vukovar introduced a system of public bicycles

first_imgPublic bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in 14 Croatian cities and municipalities, and today Vukovar joined the company and thus became the fifteenth and easternmost city in Croatia to introduce the Nextbike system of public bicycles.After the official presentation of the project, a test ride on public bicycles from the city center to Borovo naselje followed, with a short refreshment at Ina’s station. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia has 20.500 registered users, significantly reduces emissions, traffic jams, noise and parking problems, and cycling has a positive effect on mental and physical health.But the most important thing is that from today, Vukovar residents and all tourists can combine train, bus and public bicycles and thus travel faster, healthier and cheaper while protecting the environment in which we live – through integrated public transport. “In recent years, to the delight of the citizens, Vukovar has received several bicycle paths, of which the most important is certainly the one that is still under construction, ie the bicycle path along the state road D2 in the part of Kudeljarska and Priljevo streets. This is exactly the route we took on the new public bicycles and which is certainly the most important route because it connects the center of Vukovar and Borovo Naselje. Our citizens have a culture of cycling, so I am convinced that this initiative will be very well received. With the new bicycle path and bicycles in the public transport service, we will improve the connection of all parts of Vukovar and at the same time reduce traffic jams. This project is just one in a series of steps we are taking to raise the quality of life of our fellow citizens, but also to present our city in a new European spirit that will surely meet the approval of both citizens and tourists who see Vukovar as the central destination of the Croatian Danube region., ”Said Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava.This greenest, healthiest and most cost-effective form of public urban transport is fully in line with EU directives and the vision and plans of the City of Vukovar related to sustainable development. Beautiful Vukovar, as the civilizational starting point of Europe in which culture developed for five thousand years and the city that suffered the greatest war destruction, needs projects facing the future. Development is a matter of piety, but also the fact that Vukovar citizens like all citizens of this country want to finally stand by their European neighbors, and this is possible only with continuous investment in sustainable construction, education, employment and sustainable mobility that connect all segments of society.Nextbike provides citizens, students and tourists with the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transportation. A user who registers nextbike bikes can use them in more than 140 cities around the world. Nextbike is ready to welcome new cities and companies that invest in sustainable mobility and continuously invests in new technologies and improving the user experience, says Krešimir Dvorski, director of the Public Bicycle System, adding that in order to feel safer in traffic, Nextbike organizes several cycling school and encourages cities to improve cycling infrastructure. “Launching a public bicycle system in Vukovar was our great wish a few years ago when we were thinking about how to connect the far east of Croatia with all other major county centers. By combining different forms of public transport, each of us can quickly, easily and conveniently get from point A to point B without owning a car. We thank the City of Vukovar and INA as the general sponsor of the system maintenance for recognizing the importance of the project for the local community. Thanks to them, from today, the people of Vukovar can enjoy all the benefits that the public bicycle system brings them”Dvorski concluded.last_img read more

16Sep/20

Meet Bryan Titman: a star of Syracuse’s professional bull riding return

first_imgMore than half an hour before they let the bulls loose, a few men in different colored 10-gallon hats swarmed the cages that enclosed their enemy and their ally. In The Oncenter Friday, where there usually sits an ice hockey rink, the darkness gave the dirt a reddish tint. Aerial lights cut through the ground.Amidst the chaos, one of the bull riders at the Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour: Syracuse Showdown, Bryan Titman, popped five peanut M&M’s into his mouth. He doesn’t know when his pre-ride snack started, but at some point it parlayed into significant results.Even as a star in a sport at the pinnacle of spectacle, introduced Friday by fire shows, blaring music and moderated by a wise-cracking man in clown makeup, Titman is dedicated to his routine, his training, his preparation. A good day and a bad day both end launched to the dirt by a disturbed animal. But he knows he can’t slow down, so he maintains the same mindset on the ground as on the bull: Those who hang around the longest go the furthest.“If you can’t push past it,” Titman said, “you better stop.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Hostetler grips onto his bull rope as his bull launches out of the bucking chute.Corey Henry | Photo EditorOn Friday, 39 bull riders hoped to conquer the eight-second threshold set for the night of competition. A lively Syracuse crowd experienced an event that hasn’t graced the city since 2008. They were introduced to the new stars of the sport, including Titman, who has been riding for 28 years.Titman, now 31, was born into a lineage of bull riders. So at three years old he hopped on his first sheep, worked his way toward a small bull and became a professional rider in 2011. Titman was compelled in the same way many are: Breaking down how something so chaotic can be so well kept. He had seen his family do it, but he thought he could be better.“They were nowhere near as good as I am,” Titman joked the day before the event.In 2006, a woman named Kaitlynn noticed Titman at a club dancing in a different way. He asked her to dance and the two of them exchanged phone numbers. She didn’t want to tell him at the time, but when she was 10, she told her parents she’d marry a bull rider.They rarely texted in the two years that followed, many of the exchanges developed the same way.“Who is this?” Kaitlynn would text.“It’s Bryan, the bull rider,” he responded.Alex Jenks slides off the bull’s back as he loses his grip.Corey Henry | Photo EditorBut in 2008, he and his future wife Kaitlynn Titman went on their first date. She was introduced to many of the quirks and superstitions Bryan has. He doesn’t lift weights, keeps his hat on his bed during competition season and washes his clothes based on his performance in training. The night before matches, he sits in front of his TV and remains totally still, making sure to stay clean and neat.Those superstitions help him stay invested even as things go awry, he said. Since Kaitlynn and Titman have been together, Kaitlynn has been at every match when he’s gotten majorly hurt. In 2012, he broke his hip and pelvis. Titman required an airlift to Houston after traveling in an ambulance was deemed too dangerous.Doctors said he should sit out a year. But Titman returned in six months. Now, wear and tear of some weekends have morphed his training into idle time and Epsom salt baths. He does the occasional cardio, but strength has never been an issue.“When he’s able, he’ll go get on practice bulls,” Kaitlynn said. “But that’s really it.”Dakota Louis removes his helmet after his ride that gained him an 8 ranked spot.Corey Henry | Photo EditorWhen it comes time for the event, Titman tries to relax. Friday, he waited on the peak of the wall as the bull riders entered the arena. Titman, along with three others, were featured riders of the night. In a sport littered with inconsistencies and bad showings, he was one of the must-sees.Titman said when things are going good on the bull, everything feels slow. He can breathe, hear the music, take in the crowd. But after Titman’s bull let loose Friday, for both he and the crowd, it went fast. He bucked off in 5.17 seconds. As the bull continued to pounce, Titman crawled away from danger. When the scene settled, he placed his hands on his hips.He peered up toward the video board and watched a replay. Kaitlynn said he does a lot of analysis of bulls and techniques. When the video ended, his head tilted down. Titman has had better days, and every time he fails he knows he’ll have better days in front of him. It’s that assurance that compels him each time to jump on the back of an animal that doesn’t want him there: When it’s time to perform, he just has to do it.He nodded his head, walked off the concourse and started his preparation to get back up on the back of a bull again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2019 at 12:05 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more