it's not that driving is unhealthy, it's just that walking is healthy - here's what you need to know.
- are Polish cities walkable?
- is it better to walk or to drive?
- where should I walk?
Many Polish cities have very distinct city centres, and those centres often have areas with streets unavailable to cars,
as well as long broadwalks and promenades.
Promenades are great places to experience authentic city life, perhaps grab some street food, listen to a street musician or sit at a cafe.
However, they are also great as a means of transportation. Within city centres, they get you anywhere you need to go in a nice setting -
and, within those city centres, they are often the only way to go, with all other transportation being banned.
Please note that many promenades in old city centres are cobblestone roads. High heels are not advised!
promenade in Zielona Góra
promenade in Zakopane
Another great aspect of exploring cities by foot are the beautiful parks that Polish cities are full of.
Parks are something you don't get to experience with any other means of transport. In Poland, the bigger the city,
the better the parks, usually.
Parks in Poland are an epicenter of life, especially outside of working hours and in large cities. There are also a great place for a picnic - remember to bring a rug!
Unlike in cities like Dubai, pretty much all streets in Poland have parallel sidewalks. This makes Polish cities very walkable,
and lets you explore off-the-beaten-track parts of cities to experience authentic city life. It also means that you can walk anywhere,
and that, if you like walking, it may be the best transport option for you.
Polish sidewalks are not exactly broad, but they are good enough. They are also generally quite disabled-friendly.
Please note that bicycle paths often run parralel to sidewalks, but are generally colored red or have appropriate signs.
big city sidewalk
small city sidewalk
The vast majority of crossings are simple enough - you cross the street, and perhaps a pedestrian island in the middle
of the street, when the right is green. And, if there are no lights, you simply wait for a car to stop or a gap in the traffic.
If the green light is flickering, do not get onto the road - it will turn red very soon.
However, some crossings, and especially those in the largest cities, often require you to take the stairs down and cross underneath the road.
This is most often the case when trying to reach a tram stop
located on a pedestrian island in the middle of a very busy street.
In these cases, it is important to keep track of the right direction in the tunnels and look at signs.
Crossings like these are not very disabled-friendly and often lack elevators or other similar infrastructure.
underground crossing system