This case study looks at the overlap and synergies with accessibility and sustainability measures in urban transport planning, using Warsaw as an example of a city that has demonstrated improvements in both.
Many cities around Europe have seen an increase in cycling during the COVID-19 crisis, and the Polish city of Kraków is no exception.
In the first three weeks of September 2020, there was an increase in cycling of 26% in the city compared to the same period in 2019. Kraków has 13 measuring points for cycling traffic in the city, data from which has been used to calculate the city-wide increase. However, on some routes the increase has been substantially more, including 59% at the measuring point on Tynieckiego Street in the city.
The Polish city of Poznan has started a three-month trial phase to test electronic paper (e-paper) displays for its bus stops.
The trial aims to compare the use of e-paper compared to LED displays. The functionalities of the e-paper displays include four buttons that allow users to navigate to the travel information of their interest. Users can access detailed information, real time predictions, timetables and route maps. The displays also offer audio options, which will read the text out to those who choose this option.
The Polish city of Krakow has applied the principles of SUMP for many years. Parking space management plays an important role in their sustainable urban mobility plan and is the backbone of a classical push and pull approach. The paradigm shift in transport planning from a car orientation towards giving back public space to people is a shining example for similar cities in central and eastern Europe.
As part of an awareness raising campaign, officials of 10 northern Polish cities have been presented with e-scooters to trial.
'Mobile Office – Active Official' is the name of the campaign, which is being implemented by the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA), to promote pilot solutions for multimodal trips. In late July 2020, employees of 10 northern Polish cities received e-scooters so that they were able to test these as a means of moving around their cities and even of commuting to work.