Ada Ciganlija – the Belgrade Sea

Photo-illustration: Wikipedia/Vlada Marinković

How much electromobility is represented in Ada Ciganlija, why the blue flag flies at the beginning of the public bath, if the current health crisis has affected the number of visitors, which animal species swim in Lake Sava and how to have fun at the Belgrade Sea while the weather is still nice, reports PE “Ada Ciganlija”.

Ada Ciganlija is undoubtedly one of the central ecological oases of the city of Belgrade. Having in mind the necessity of protection of flora and fauna, PE “Ada Ciganlija” has provided a special shuttle service for visitors in parts that are not accessible to motor vehicles.

Management of the company, in cooperation with the city of Belgrade, provided completely free transportation for all visitors from the parking space at the “Belgrade Bathroom” facility to the swimming pool at Lake Sava with four electric-powered resort vehicles.

These vehicles are extremely quiet and unique means of transport that achieve great savings on fuel. A new mode of transport is available to visitors to Ada. At the very beginning of the promenade, on the Sava side, there is a station for renting electric scooters. Electric scooters became popular around the world in a short time, and in our country, the interest in this alternative mode of transport is growing. The e-scooter is an ecological means of transport and easy to fold, which enables sufficient speed and a comfortable ride to the desired destination in the city.

The ideal opportunity to try out the electric scooter is now available every day on Ada Ciganlija, where you can rent it for an hour or all day. Electric scooters can develop a speed of up to 35 km per hour, and the battery range is 40 km. Maximum load is 110 kg.

When driving an electric scooter, no harmful gases are released into the air, so it is an environmentally friendly solution, especially for Ada Ciganlija. Seven electric scooters were procured for the needs of the services of the PE “Ada Ciganlija” and are used for performing regular work activities, all in accordance with the commitment to ecologically clean Ada.

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About 450 species of plants have been registered on Ada Ciganlija so far, and above all white poplar, black poplar, white willow, pedunculate oak, field ash, Euro-American poplar, elm embroidery, ash-shaped maple, American ash. In addition to woody plants, there is an abundance of shrubby and grassy vegetation that is characteristic of alluvial habitats. During 2013, the Provisional Authority of the City of Belgrade passed a Decision on declaring a protected habitat “Fungi of Ada Ciganlija”, whereby the natural habitat on Ada Ciganlija was declared one known habitat of the fungus Myriostoma coliforme in the Republic of Serbia.

This fungus is exposed to a very strong anthropogenic influence and is, therefore, a highly endangered and strictly protected species. Its growth area of 21.25 hectares is classified in category II, as a protected habitat of local importance. There is a diverse fauna – a large number of birds, such as the little crow, thrush, woodpecker, titmouse and 94 species of insects, as well as about 250 species of fungi.

The lake is the home to 13 species of fish, snails, crabs, jellyfish, shellfish and turtles. The California tortoise is a rare inhabitant, pikeperch and perch – the most numerous population in the lake, pike, silver carp – ecosystem cleaner, marsh snails and river shells also swim in the waters of Ada Ciganlija. All these species indicate the quality of water in the lake.

Read the whole text in the new issue of the Energy portal Magazine SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT, september-november, 2020.