Officials in Krakow and their residents have gathered to fight air pollution

The Polish city of Krakow dates back to the 7th century. It has a lot of history and there are many places in this ancient place that have not changed for centuries. But in recent years, many areas have changed. For example, depending on the number of cars on the road, signs of these changes are appearing from time to time.

Lucas Frank, director of the Krakow Public Transport Board, said there are now 700 cars per 1,000 residents and the city has not built many cars for this. We do not agree with these cars. “Our streets in the historic part of the city are not as wide as Warsaw, Vorokoa and Poznan,” he said.

With a population of about one million, the city is currently experiencing poor air quality and pollution is on the rise.

Motivation to fight pollution

The city now has a policy of deliberately evicting private cars from the center and some streets are only open to residents, cyclists and scooters.

Krakow is one of the largest pedestrians in Poland for pedestrians and cyclists.

As part of the EU’s low-carb project, it has also launched an electric bicycle system. We met one of the town’s regular users, Marek Riebakcake. He is happy with the price when he says, “They are free,” he says with a smile. But more importantly, he thinks they are in a comfortable place and he loves being electric.

Opponents

In Krakow, there are opponents of traffic arrangements. They are primarily entrepreneurs from the designated clean transport zones. Delivery of goods to restaurants and shops in these areas is limited to a few hours and customers are never allowed to drive there. Entrepreneurs say this has a direct impact on their income.

Isabella Bobula is an entrepreneur from Kazimerz district where these restrictions apply. She tells us, “When people buy a lot of things, they prefer to drive where they can buy everything in one place and they should not carry their purchases in bags or trolleys.”

Officials in Krakow are aware of this and although they do not intend to change the route to fresh air, they will only take further action after consulting with residents.

These consultations are expected to take place at the end of the year or early next year. “It is important for the mayor to discuss urban mobilization,” said Andrze Coolig, deputy mayor of Krakow. It also says that they do not want to do anything from top to bottom because they want to work with their environment.

Discussion time

Due to the CVD-19 epidemic, the climate for talks has eased. With more residents starting to work remotely and fewer cars on the streets, the air quality in Krakow has improved rapidly and significantly. Everyone supported this.

In some districts, Krakow wants to implement a 15-minute city idea.

The goal of this goal is to get people everything they need in a 15-minute walk or bike ride. To that end, officials are seeking green light from city residents.

This is part of the story Activity Week On Euro News. From September 13-17, 2021, we are exploring the future trends of transport and personal mobility. See more stories here.

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