is the most environment friendly means of transportation, with
though underestimated, potential. It is the most energy efficient
ever created by man. In the same time and using the same amount of
primary energy, a cyclist will cover four times the distance a
pedestrian will walk. The bicycle needs very little space and does not
pollute or make noise. This is why we want our cities to became places
where anyone can ride their bicycles to work, school, shopping or just
for fun. We believe that the bicycle must become an alternative to car
in the city - or at least an efficient and significant complement to
the car. In 1995, the Cities for Bicycles network was created in Poland
by grass root environmental and alternative groups that share this
belief and vision.
are committed to:
conditions for cycling in cities
and the countryside
- improve road safety, especially for the
vulnerable road users
- make bicycle more and more popular and
used as environment -
- improve the quality of life by providing
a wider choice of means
of transport for everyone
are the advocacy group for cyclists.
By standing up for the rights of cyclists, we are in fact working
general public interest. Growth in bicycle use can improve the
environment quality and decrease total (private, public and external)
costs of transport. Cycling facilities increase road safety as
well as improve the quality of life. They offer more choices for
and provide better access and mobility to all.
achieve our goals:
organize public opinion
by supporting grass root initiatives, lobbying local authorities,
government and legislators, co-operation with universities and other
institutions, by organizing exhibitions, street actions and other
collecting, processing and distributing information through Internet,
leaflets, bulletins, books and the media.
- We offer
consulting services on best available solutions to
comfort for cyclists. We give lectures and workshops for interested
parties, including local authorities.
developed the Gdańsk
Cycling Infrastructure and Promotion Project and fundraised 1
million US dollars from Global Environment Facility
to implement it. Currently we are working with other local authorities
on similar projects development and fundraising.
clearinghouse, the source of knowledge for individuals and
institutions interested in cycling issues, cycling facilities, traffic
calming, laws regarding cyclists, in work for change and improvement
cyclists as well as cycling touring and bicycle touring routes.
the Poland's contact
We stay in touch with the European Cyclists Federation -
hopefully soon as its new associate memeber, the Velo.Info
project and many other international cycling initiatives.
1999, the Cities for Bicycles project was implemented by the Foundation for the support of Ecological
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