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Cycling as a Sustainable Transport Alternative in Polish Cittaslow Towns

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Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Warmia and Mazury, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
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Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdansk, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5049; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125049
Received: 24 May 2020 / Revised: 12 June 2020 / Accepted: 18 June 2020 / Published: 20 June 2020
It is well known that growing motor traffic in urban areas causes air pollution and noise which affects the environment and public health. It is hardly surprising then that cycling should be used as an alternative mode of transport, not just in major cities but also in smaller ones including those that are members of the Cittaslow network. Their approach is based on sustainable development, care for the environment and transport solutions which will support a healthy lifestyle, reduced energy consumption and fewer emissions. The objective of the article is to analyse how well cycling is used as a means of transport in Polish Cittaslow towns. For this purpose, an analysis was conducted to understand how towns use their transport space to ensure accessibility and road safety. Reference is made to revitalisation programmes of Cittaslow towns with focus on what has been done to improve and build cycle paths in each town and outside of it. The work uses the following research methods: analysis of the literature, analysis of documents, including analysis of road incidents and traffic count. It has been demonstrated that cycling infrastructure in the towns under analysis has been marginalised. As a result, recommendations and suggestions are given which may inform decisions on how to build and transform cycling infrastructure in Cittaslow towns and in similar towns in Poland and abroad. View Full-Text
Keywords: cycling; cycling routes; slow cities; traffic safety; sustainable mobility; urban planning cycling; cycling routes; slow cities; traffic safety; sustainable mobility; urban planning
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Jaszczak, A.; Morawiak, A.; Żukowska, J. Cycling as a Sustainable Transport Alternative in Polish Cittaslow Towns. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5049. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125049

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Jaszczak A, Morawiak A, Żukowska J. Cycling as a Sustainable Transport Alternative in Polish Cittaslow Towns. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):5049. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125049

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Jaszczak, Agnieszka; Morawiak, Agnieszka; Żukowska, Joanna. 2020. "Cycling as a Sustainable Transport Alternative in Polish Cittaslow Towns" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 5049. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125049

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