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City of Krakow wins European Road Safety Award (Poland)

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

Krakow has made safety a priority. It has installed a Council for Road safety that designed an ambitious safety programme with a whole range of measures. For this it was awarded with the prestigious European Road Safety Award.

Background & Objectives


Krakow, a city with 800.000 inhabitants in Poland, got the award for its package of road safety measures. The objective was to reduce serious frontal crashes and to protect vulnerable road users - such as blind people, cyclists, pedestrians, and also the large number of o public transport passengers at bus and tram stops. In Krakow, 60% of trips are made with public transport, 20% on foot.
 

Implementation


In order to tackle road safety problems, Krakow has appointed a Council of Road Safety, consisting of representants from the police, the public transport operator, the media, NGOs, and insurance companies. They designed the road safety programme with a great number of measures.

  • Mid-road-barriers: to prevent crossing besides zebra crossings
  • Roundabouts that make car divers slow down
  • Tempo-30 zones in residential zones. They are marked by signs, speed bumps, elevated roads and intersections.
  • Photo radars at 19 spots in the city to reduce driving speeds
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    • Sound signalisation at traffic lights on behalf of blind persons
    • Cycle lanes: Krakow has developed 30km of separated safe cycle lanes, especially along busy roads
    • The road surface around bus stops is elevated to increase safety for public transport passengers
    • Krakow develops two safe model tram stations with the objective to reduce accidents there by 25%
    • There is a whole package of education measures for children, such as the “Teddy bear rescuer academy” and the “safe holiday”.


    Conclusions


    So far, Krakow’s road safety programme has been very successful with 60% of school zones equipped with road safety facilities, around 40%of 15-year olds having a cyclist card, a decrease in speed from 60 kph to 50 kph and many other infrastructure improvements. The city aims to decrease the number of accidents with 65% and the number of pedestrian casualties with 75% by 2007.
     

Topic: 
Traffic and demand management
Urban mobility planning
Mobility management
Archive
Country: 
Poland
City: 
Kraków
Author: 
Karl-Heinz Posch
Keywords: 
access management
building permits
Planning legislation
street layout /.design
sustainable urban mobility plans
07 Mar 2007
29 Aug 2014
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