As part of the Expert Group From Roads to Streets, METREX Member L’Institut Paris Region has compiled a number of reports looking at examples of the transformation of highways into boulevards. This report looks at work done in Warsaw to create a greener and more liveable city centre.
This report is also available on the website of L’Institut Paris Region.
The aleja Jana Pawła II (John Paul II Avenue) crosses through the centre of Warsaw, the capital and largest city in Poland, home to 1.8 million inhabitants in an area of 517 km². The Jana Pawła II Avenue upgrade project is part of a comprehensive renovation plan for Warsaw’s city centre, which aims to provide livelier, greener, and safer spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. The programme responds to the guidelines set by the Warsaw 2030 Strategy for the future development of the city and is delivered by the Public Roads Authority (ZDM) of the capital city of Warsaw.
The #Warsaw2030 Strategy outlines a vision and objectives for the city’s development policy until 2030. It is the culmination of two years of work, which involved the local community, experts, and institutions responsible for the implementation of the strategy. The strategy is based on three main pillars:
- an open metropolis,
- active residents,
- user-friendly spaces.
Several operational objectives were set to meet the needs of people moving around the city:
- the provision of an attractive public space,
- the preservation of a clean natural environment
- the development of a convenient transport system.
The interventions on Jana Pawła II Avenue are in line with these objectives. The operational objectives are intended to be implemented through specific programmes comprising detailed executive documents. Each of them will in turn be composed of diversified projects, launched by the City of Warsaw together with its subordinate organisational units and district offices.
With thanks to Paul Lecroart, Senior Urbanist, at L’Institut Paris Region