For the purpose of further development of cyclotourism as an important selective form of tourism in the Šibenik-Knin County, the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism of the Šibenik-Knin County for the period until the end of 2020 has been prepared.The Operational Plan (OP) for the development of cycling tourism in Šibenik-Knin County is based on the Action Plan for the development of cycling tourism in the Republic of Croatia and the Master Plan of Šibenik-Knin County. The operational plan analyzes the current state of cycling tourism in our county, conducted research on all important characteristics of the external and internal environment in order to identify factors that may determine the further development of cycling, defined goals for cycling tourism and identified development projects, all in order to position Šibenik- Knin County as a desirable cycling tourist destination.In Šibenik-Knin County over 2400 km of groomed bike & hike trails Photo: Šibenik-Knin Tourist BoardWith ninety bike paths with a total of 2450 kilometers (90 bike paths and 15 routes), this region has become an attractive destination for cyclists in the last two years. A website has been launched for the needs of cycling tourism Bike & Hike which in a great way provides all the necessary information, from bike paths, destinations, accommodation in family accommodation, as well as additional services needed by cyclists. It is extremely important that all bike paths are made according to the standards of the profession and all are marked as well as connected with accommodation in family accommodation and additional tourist offer.The director of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, Željana Šikić, emphasized the importance of developing cyclotourism for extending the tourist season in our area. “We are currently in the second year of implementation of the cyclotourism development project in Šibenik-Knin County, and so far trails and routes have been traced and categorized in the entire county. They are prepared for the beginning as a base from which we will later develop other trails. We divided the bike paths in Šibenik-Knin County through 5 sub-regions, and all paths are circular. Each subregion has three trails by category, road, mountain and recreational, and of course everything starts from signalization ” pointed out recently for the portal Šikić and added that in the beginning they looked long-term and quality, and for that it was first necessary to make all the infrastructural prerequisites, as well as prepare a complete tourist product before any promotion of Šibenik-Knin County as a cycling destination.”Šibenik-Knin County is the first coastal county to adopt an operational plan for the development of cycling tourism”, Said Mirela Srkoč Šenkinc from CikloProm, who drafted the OP, emphasizing that cyclotourism is one of the segments in which to invest systematically.All signatories of the Agreement were involved in the development of the Operational Plan, namely the Public Institution Development Agency of Šibenik-Knin County, Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, Tourist Board of Šibenik-Knin County, 5 cities and 15 municipalities of Šibenik-Knin County, Ministry of Interior of affairs – Šibenik-Knin Police Department, Hrvatske ceste – Šibenik Technical Office, Šibenik-Knin County Road Administration and cycling clubs: Adrion Oros, Fortica, Kamenar, Faust Vrančić, Primošten, Krka, Petar Svačić and Mountain Bike Club The Eagle Circle.
The Coliseum Commission has agreed to enter into negotiations with USC to grant the university a master lease, potentially giving USC complete managerial and operational control over the Coliseum.The commission, a nine-member council in charge of the historic landmark, met Wednesday to discuss the possibility of negotiating the stadium’s ownership. A unanimous agreement to begin talking with USC was reached during the meeting’s closed session. If all goes well, a final deal between the commission and the university is expected to be reached within 90 days.“We are pleased that the Coliseum Commission has voted to enter into negotiations with USC,” said Thomas Sayles, vice president for University Relations, in a statement. “We hope that through these negotiations the parties can agree upon a long term lease that allows the Coliseum to be restored to its former glory and ensures its viability for many generations to come.”USC has wanted to gain control of the Coliseum for years, and its last bid for ownership was in 2007. Then, it offered to make $100 million in renovations in exchange for the master lease. The commission declined, and instead promised to pay for $50 million in renovations by end of the month. The commission has been unable to keep its promise.Athletic Director Pat Haden said last week that he’d be glad to see USC ownership of the stadium.“If it ever happens, then we would welcome the opportunity and try to create a venue that our fans would really appreciate,” Haden said. “It would be a wonderful venue for our students, alumni and fans to watch our football team play.”Bernard Parks, a member of the commission and the councilman representing the district including USC, expressed doubt last week that the commission and the university would enter negotiations this soon, but the commission’s inability to pay for the stadium’s renovations played a role in Wednesday’s decision.Parks has long been the one dissenting vote against USC’s request for ownership, but Wednesday he finally agreed to begin a discussion over private ownership of the Coliseum. Parks had previously advocated maintaining public control of the Coliseum and trying to bring in additional tenants to grow the stadium’s revenue. Specifically, he wanted to see the Coliseum play host to an NFL team, which he contended would be good for the stadium and the city.Owning the Coliseum means USC could veto any attempt to bring an NFL team there. USC has said, however, that it would be willing to come to an agreement if Los Angeles is presented with an NFL team.“We are open to discussions on a mutually beneficial arrangement,” Sayles said in a press release. “Under our current lease, we have the right to approve any other team playing football in the Coliseum during our season … If we were to receive a proposal, we would review it.”The Coliseum is an 88-year-old historic landmark that has hosted two Olympic games and two Super Bowls.“As a loyal and dedicated tenant of over 80 years, we want to return the Coliseum to its former glory and be the caretaker it deserves for future generations,” Sayles said. “To that end, we have believed for some time that having a master lease would be in the best long-term interests of the community and the university.”More specific legal and financial details will be discussed before the commission’s next meeting Dec. 7.