Cracow, a bike-friendly cityFrom the very beginning, Cracow, Poland's spiritual capital, had some assets for being a bike-pleasant town, unlike my home Wroclaw :
The Vistula river flows right through the centre, making its large shores a proper place for bike paths. The old centre is also surrounded by a green belt, a circular park called "Planty".
But, as ever in Poland, the bike infrastructures were not a priority for a long time. Only recently, probably considering the growing issue of traffic jams, the city decided to handle the problem and promote other ways of transportation.
A paradox for an "artistic town", the Old Cracow was featured with an incredible amount of newly-painted tracks in the streets, making many of them one-way only. A brand new pedestrian/bike bridge was even inaugurated between Kazimierz, the jewish district, and Podgórze, over the Vistula !
And one can even rent a bike in automatic stations, like Paris Vélib' or Lyon's Vélo'v
I tell you, times are changing !
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