In 2005 as a Coalition we succeeded in introducing by Wroclaw Municipality a Cycle Routes Master Plan and a Design and Implementation Standards for Bicycle Routes.
As a disapproval of the city’s policy towards cyclists, we handed President Rafal Dutkiewicz a 45-kilo concrete Golden Curb. The newly emerging bicycle routes did not meet the basic quality standards at the time and thus did not provide cyclists with any facilities.
Creating a post of the Cycling Officer at the Wroclaw Municipality in 2007. He is an official delegated to deal with and coordinate cycling matters.
After publicizing the case of compensation for damage to a bicycle, we led the municipal office to lower curbs on cycling routes.
As a result of our lobbing efforts in 2010 a Wroclaw’s Bicycle Policy has been adopted. It sets targets 10% of bicycle share in 2015 and 15% in 2020.
As part of the nationwide network Cities for Bicycles, we took an active part in the work on the amendment to the Road Traffic Act, which entered into force in 2011.
In 2014, in the voting for the civic budget, won project, which we submitted and promoted together with the Ambassadors of Bicycle Wroclaw. It had a record 15 925 votes, making the streets in city center much more friendly to cyclists.
Before elections in 2014, candidates signed the Declaration of Bicycle Wroclaw, which we prepared together with the Ambassadors of Bicycle Wroclaw. They pledged to increase expenditure on the buliding bicycle infrastructure. In the new term, president kept his word and it was possible to implement further investments.
As members of the Cities for Bicycles network, we have amended the ordinances of the Minister of Infrastructure. The regulations, which came into force in 2015, gave local governments new opportunities to create facilities for cyclists in accordance with best practice in Europe and in the world.
Before elections in 2018, Jacek Sutryk, a candidate for the mayor of Wroclaw, signed the Declaration of Bicycle Wroclaw, which we prepared together with the City Action. He committed to connecting the routes into a coherent system and ensuring financing of the Bicycle Program at the level of 30 million zl.
Every year celebrations of the Wroclaw Cycle Fest are attracted by more and more participants, which is a proof for the growing popularity of bicycle traffic in Wroclaw. However, the city’s cycling future looks foggy.The Wroclaw route system has been in development for 30 years, but it is still unclear, when it will be completed.
Most of the recommendations of the Citizen’s Panel regarding bicycle traffic were binding and received the support of over 80% of the participants.This means that the authorities of Wroclaw should not continue to fear and postpone the necessary changes in the very center of the city.
The bicycle card requires legal changes at the national level, but the training of cyclists can be improved at the local level.This is what is happening in Wroclaw, where materials for teachers were created in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, and the training is enriched with a practical component.This was confirmed by the first Dutch exam in Wroclaw with the participation of children’s parents.
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