Sunday, April 11, 2010

With Love From Bratislava

Cykloguerilla Manifesto - Bratislava, Slovakia

We have had enough! To hell with the Mayor, who doesn't treat cyclists as full-fledged citizens. To hell with the City's and the city districts' administration who have been inactive in marking new biking lanes in the city. Initiative is in our hands now. The City hasn't been able to provide us with the working system of bike lanes in the past 20 years, so we are going to mark them ourselves. End to the ignorance of bike traffic, we want to travel safely in the city.

Who are we?

We are the people, who want to disburden the jammed roads and therefore we use mostly a bicycle to travel. We are not against the car traffic, but alone we don't find it sustainable - drivers see that everyday stuck in the traffic jams. We think bicycle is an ideal vehicle for a city - it's fast (door-to-door speed), amphibious (it can use roads and paths where roads are dangerous) and ecological.

What do we want?

We want bike lanes in the city that will serve for the safe bike traffic. The city bike lanes are not those recreational (e.g. embankment by the Danube river) - those serve for sports and to the tourists over the weekends, definitely not to day-to-day traffic to work or just to a café. Neither those amputated stumps leading from nowhere to nowhere (e.g. Trencianska street) are bike lanes - those are just the lame attempts of City administration to check off some activity.

What we do?

We show the City administration that marking the bike lanes is easy - a can of spray, a template and a little bit of common sense is enough (they haven't found it at Mayor's office in 20 years).


More photos here
Cykloguerrilla Blog
(translated from Slovak via Google Translate)


Canada Lorne said...

Well, that's a bit surprising, I thought European cities are far ahead, when talking about urban cycling. Not the Eastern Europe, apparently


Cykloguerilla said...

We are Central Europe to be exact, but yes, there used to be different priorities in building infrastructure during past 20 years - although I agree highways are needed, I am sad to see cyclists and pedestrians ignored.

tom said...

I'm also from Bratislava, but I didn't know about your activity till now. I try to bring bikesharing system to Bratislava, that will bring more people on bikes. I think what we need here are community projects like bikekitchen etc..