The development of bike paths in Greater Warsaw
Further projects focusing on urban mobility in Warsaw are being launched in Warsaw and 34 communes near Warsaw. More than 300 km of bike paths will be constructed or redeveloped as part of expanding the metropolitan system of transport bike paths. This will be a perfect alternative for residents commuting to work by car on a daily basis. Local government bodies of Greater Warsaw have acquired PLN 241 million of EU funds for this purpose under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument included in the Regional Operational Programme for the Mazowieckie Voivodeship for 2014-2020. Soon agreements will be concluded for funding selected projects.
As a result of cooperation between the Local Government of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, the City of Warsaw and the nearby communes, 13 projects were selected for implementation under the competition, thanks to which the network of bike paths will be expanded. The planned projects mainly include the construction of new bike paths and upgrading the existing paths in Warsaw and 34 communes neighbouring with the capital city. The total cost of almost 330 km of new, redeveloped, and additionally marked sections is almost PLN 340 million. Local government bodies have acquired more than PLN 241 million of EU funds for this purpose under the Integrated Territorial Investments instrument included in the Regional Operational Programme for the Mazowieckie Voivodeship for 2014-2020. Soon agreements will be concluded for funding selected projects.
The Greater Warsaw bike path network creates transport corridors integrated with various types of public transport. This will be a perfect alternative for residents commuting to work by car on a daily basis. Using the bicycle as a daily means of transport reduces air pollution and noise, at the same time improving road traffic safety. One of the main selection criteria for specific projects was whether they create uniform intercommune connections and how they fit into the existing network. Another important argument in favour is the possibility of reaching a bus stop or an integrated public transport interchange junction by following the bike path. Paths built within the ITI will be uniformly marked. The characteristic colourful bikes will also constitute an element of the planned information and promotion actions encouraging Greater Warsaw’s residents to use bikes for their daily commuting to work, school or university. This was the first competition for the construction of bike paths within the Greater Warsaw area, and another call for proposals is planned for April 2017. As part of the creation of a uniform network of bike paths, Greater Warsaw’s local government bodies initially planned approx. 1,100 km of new bike paths funded from various sources.