Development of cycling network in Gdansk (Poland)

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

Gdansk is a leading city in Poland for cycling. The city authorities are working to build a comprehensive network of cycleways by continuing to develop its cycling network using the UN’s Global Environmental Facility.

Background & Objectives

The experience of many European cities shows that the provision of cycling infrastructure helps to change the way people commute, regardless of the weather or terrain. In Gdansk the use of bikes can be significantly increased by 10% over the next 10 years and achieving this is one of the policies of Gdansk’s Development Strategy until 2010. If this programme is to succeed, the city is going to need the total of at least 150 km of cycleways. In promoting this, there must be an understanding that:
  • people will only change to cycling if there is a real reduction in accidents involving cyclists;
  • cycling can be promoted as an alternative mode of transport only if the city’s cycling network ensures safe cycling.
With rising congestion, the risk of an accident involving a cyclist casualty is increasing.This is why cyclists must be ensured that using the city’s transport system is safe both for recreation and commuting to work, school and to the shops.Gdansk’s cycling policy is set out in the “Concept of Gdansk’s cycleway network including the design of a cycle track along Gdansk’s main artery”.

Implementation

Gdansk is a leading city in Poland for cycling. The city authorities are working to build a comprehensive network of cycleways by continuing to develop its cycling network using the UN’s Global Environmental Facility.Between 2004-2006 some 20 km of cycleways were built in Gdansk for the total of PLN 22 M.>There are about 500 bike parking stands. Cycleways make Gdansk a more attractive place for domestic and foreign tourists. Commuting by bike and public transport is on top of Gdansk’s sustainability agenda. With raising awareness of the risks of uncontrolled motor traffic, more and more people use bikes because of the benefits for health and pleasure. Gdansk’s efforts to promote cycling have been recognised by the Ministry of Environment, which supported the city in its earlier cycling projects.Between 2007 and 2013 Gdansk plans on building about 85 km of new cycleways.

Conclusions

The total length of the main routes planned in the “Concept” is 150 km, most of which are cycle tracks. The system of cycleways in the “Concept” serves as a benchmark for all of the city’s proposed cycleways and makes sure that they link into the regional cycleways in North Poland.Gdansk’s cycleway network has been designed to the following standards:
  • the cycleway network combines a variety of travel destinations in the city and surrounding areas;
  • each route links into another route;
  • the cycleway network is organised in a hierarchy and comprises main routes, complementary and local routes as set out in the “Technical standards of cycling infrastructure for Gdansk’s cycleway network”;
  • cycleways are integrated with the city’s public transport;
  • the proposal identifies the main changeover hubs with secured parking and bicycle hire centres;
  • the proposal recommends that the cycleways should be built in a specific sequence;
  • the cycleway network proposal meets the requirements set out in “Gdansk’s spatial development study”.
Topic: 
Intermodality
Walking and cycling
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Country: 
Poland
City: 
Gdańsk
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Malgorzata Ratkowska
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Malgorzata Ratkowska
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15 Jul 2008
29 Aug 2014