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.
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 >
- 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”.
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.