A 360° view of urban mobility in Poland

A 360° view of urban mobility in Poland

29 Oct 2018

With our series of 360° pictures, you can experience best practice examples of urban planning & mobility in an interactive way.

Find the first article about urban mobility in the Netherlands here, article #2 about urban mobility in Copenhagen, Denmark here and the most recent article on urban mobility in Malmö, Sweden here.

This time we will have a 360° look at best practice examples of urban mobility in Poland! Currently, the rapid growth of motorized individual transport poses a major challenge for sustainable mobility in Poland. Traditionally, cities in Poland have good public transport systems but the rising number of cars puts the spotlight on non-motorized modes of transportation. Therefore, a lot of effort has been put in the redesign of streets and public spaces as we can see in the following examples:

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

When rebuilding the main train station of Wroclaw, the former car park and gas station in front of the building has been replaced with a spacious and green public square. Next to a significant increase in the urban livability, this made the train station much easier accessible by foot and bicycle (as the reconstruction also included covered bicycle parking areas). Increasing the share of walking is an essential ingredient in an integrated, multi- and intermodal transportation system and therefore the cornerstone of a sustainable traffic scheme.

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

Changing the layout of streets towards a more pedestrian friendly pattern (as in the picture above in the inner city of Gdansk) is a key step in increasing the walkability of a city and decreasing the share of inner city car trips. In addition to providing adequate space for pedestrians, the need of cyclists has also to be considered. With increased walkability in major Polish cities, there is a noticeable trend towards cycling on pedestrian pavements. To counter this, cycling infrastructure has been increased notably:

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

For a successful urban mobility, all transport modes have to be considered equally. In 2017, Gdansk started developing its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), a planning tool that is increasingly used in European cities. Gdansk’ SUMP builds on public consultation processes that include residents and covers the areas of parking policy, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, public transport and mobility management to develop a coherent plan for the city’s development in terms of mobility.

Further information about SUMPs can be found in our iNUA paper #1. To learn more about our approaches in the field of cycling and walking click here or download the iNUA Papers #2 on Cycling and #8 on Walking.

More 360° Pictures of urban planning examples in Poland and other countries can be found on our Flickr channel.

For an even more interactive experience on your virtual reality gear, you can also download the pictures and view them directly via your preferred VR-App.

This article was first published at sutp.org on 29 October 2018.

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