The City of Gdynia is a port city, located in the north of Poland, by the Baltic Sea. Gdynia is a relatively young city (gained municipal rights in 1926) with 240.000 inhabitants. Almost 25 % of the inhabitants are over 60 years old. The majority of this age group took part in developing the city from the beginning, building and working in the port and the shipyard. Gdynia actively develops its mission to build the society and environment open for diversity, promote the activity in social life for all groups of citizens with respect of different needs and priorities. Gdynia has a great interest in innovative projects that improve the quality of life in the city, paying particular attention to the elderly and disabled.
The development of the city and the port have always been interdependent. Together with Gdańsk and Sopot, the city forms a modern and competitive metropolitan area, that belongs to the largest, most diverse and touristic urban areas in Poland. With the number of 0,56 cars per inhabitant, still 66 % of the residents are going to work by alternative mode of transport. As far as transport modes and services are concerned, there are three main modes operating in the City: suburban rapid railway, a modern fleet of trolleybuses and CNG buses. There are also several carsharing operators available. On the Metropolitan level, the 4th generation 100 % electric Metropolitan Bike system was introduced, with 4.080 e-bikes, including 1.100 in Gdynia. Furthermore, there are 200 e-scooters in the Metropolitan Area sharing system, 10 e-cargo bikes in free municipal rental system for local businesses and 3 e- cargo bikes available to rent for free by inhabitants.
Projects to improve the green mobility of senior citizens
The Gdynia Public Transport Company promotes environmentally friendly transport for seniors with their fleet of trolley busses. The trolley buses are equipped with information systems for passengers and ramp for prams and wheelchairs.
Various projects have been carried out to promote the use of green mobility modes in the urban population of Gdynia. During the European Mobility Week in 2018, the City of Gdynia organized the “Cycling school for seniors” in cooperation with Gdynia’s Senior Activity Center, employees of EU Projects & Mobility Management Unit as well as local NGO ‘Cycling Gdynia’.
In order to make the journey to school more sustainable, the campaign “I accompany Sam" was launched, distributing teaching materials on sustainable transport and encouraging children to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to school. During the project “Bicycle May”, students came to school with roller skates, bicycles and skateboards and took part in a nationwide competition. The project “I ride to work by bike” encouraged workers in Gdynia to do the same as pupils during “Bicycle May”. To involve the senior inhabitants in decision making processes and establish a dialogue, Gdynia conducts research walks and sentimental maps in several projects.
Michał Guć – Deputy Mayor of Gdynia | email@example.com
Katarzyna Ziemann – deputy director of Social Innovation Laboratory – Gdynia budgetary unit | firstname.lastname@example.org
Katarzyna Stec – deputy director of Gdynia Welfare Center | email@example.com
Bożena Zglińska – director of Gdynia Seniors’ Activation Center | firstname.lastname@example.org
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