|Bike lanes in Krakow|
|Bike lanes in Zakopane|
According to one blog, a prominent Polish newspaper recently created a campaign, "Polska na rowery!" (Get on bikes, Poland!) to increase cycling in Poland through a series of bike-friendly events. In addition, the All for Planet Foundation, came up with several bike rack designs for various Polish cities and encouraged residents to vote for their favorite designs.
|Bike lanes in Torun|
I was impressed by the display of progressive action in Poland, considering the many challenges the country has faced and overcome. Poland has only been a democracy for twenty years but has achieved transportation ideals that many American cities and towns are struggling to accomplish. While Poland is not without its problems, it has made great strides in an area often met by great resistance. After my trip, I can say that in addition to architecture, pierogi, and vodka, Poland can claim bike lanes as a national asset!