Stowarzyszenie Społeczny Rzecznik Pieszych („The Voice of the Pedestrians” Association) is a non-government organization established in January 2017 in the city of Bydgoszcz in Poland, based on non-profit and voluntary work of its members and supporters.
The Association is a member of International Federation of Pedestrians, as the first organization from Poland. IFP is a network of non-profit associations and individuals from all over the world, working for pedestrians and liveable public space. IFP was founded as an UN-accredited NGO in 1963 and has been promoting the rights of pedestrians ever since.
Also we are a founding member of Federation Piesza Polska (Pedestrian Poland), which gathers pedestrian organizations from cities and towns around Poland. Members of Piesza Polska organized the first Pedestrian Critical Mass in Warsaw in September 2017.
Every travel, whether by car, by bicycle, or on a tram, begins with a walk. Unfortunately, planning and designing the infrastructure is usually done with the comfort of drivers in mind. Pedestrians rarely protest, which does not help their situation. At the moment, pedestrian routes built in Bydgoszcz are full of illogical and inconvenient solutions. There is no consistent vision, and no assessing the designed solutions from a user’s perspective.
The objective of our activity is to make the residents more active in co-creating the future infrastructure, to draw the city authorities’ attention to the significance of the problem, and effectively to reverse the above trend. It was possible to successfully introduce the “Catalogue of good practices of designing pedestrian spaces”, which will serve as a guide for the city’s authorities, on how to design the public space wisely. The city authorities noticed that accessibility and condition of pedestrian infrastructure influence the residents’ quality of life and the city’s reception by its visitors.
highest quality of public space, promoting walking as a mean of transport in the city, teaching the authorities and citizens that road safety depends mainly on road infrastructure
“Vision Zero” Policy in Bydgoszcz in 2050