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Status as at 28 February 2022

Cycling routes and trails in Małopolska Region

There are currently almost 900 km of cycling infrastructure of a very good standard in the Małopolska Region. They consist mainly of the VeloMałopolska route and routes such as the Polish section of the Cycling Route Around the Tatras, the route around Lake Czorsztyńskie or VeloKrynica, where:

  • 54% is routed on roads separated from motorised traffic,
  • 36% on local roads with subdued traffic, 
  • 10% gravel roads.

In addition, Małopolska has approx. 3000 km bike trails with varying degree of difficulty. The best known include the Around the Cycling Route Around the Tatras, the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests, the Mineral Water Trail and the Carp Valley Bicycle Trail.

Małopolska has a well-developed infrastructure for mountain biking - MTB, including its extreme varieties Enduro and Downhill. 

  • 6 bike parks: Bike Park Kasina, Bike Park Kluszkowce, Bike Park Mosorny Groń and Babia Góra Trails, Bike Park Słotwiny Arena, PKL Palenica/Szczawnica Bike Parks, Gorlickie Ścieżki,
  • 30 pump tracks,
  • basins of mountain biking trails e.g., MTB biking trails in Krynica - Zdrój (created as part of local government activities).

VeloMałopolska project  

VeloMałopolska is a large cycling project consisting of eight routes that will run through every region of the voivodeship and connect the largest cities. The eight routes are: Vistula Cycle Route, VeloDunajec, EuroVelo4/VeloMetropolis, EuroVelo11/ VeloNatura, VeloPrądnik, VeloRaba, VeloRudawa, VeloSkawa.

As part of the VeloMałopolska cycling route network, around 650 km are already passable, with a target of 1,000 km planned, including:

  • 475 km was built by the Małopolska Region - the Regional Roads Authority in Krakow, the remaining sections were built by the municipalities through which the routes run,
  • bicycle service points (MOR) have been created along VeloMałopolska routes built by the Regional Roads Authority - currently there are 27 of them. There are more than 70 other shelters providing resting places for cyclists along the routes,
  • 133 objects certified as Cyclist-Friendly Areas (MPR) in Małopolska.

The following VeloMałopolska routes are most advanced in construction:

  • VeloDunajec: 190 km completed out of the planned 240 km
  • Vistula Cycle Route: 215 km completed out of the planned 230 km
  • VeloRaba: 45 km from the planned 130 km
  • Eurovelo11/VeloNatura: 77 km from the planned 115 km

Explanation for the statistics

The figures present information regarding the routes from the VeloMałopolska project and the VeloCzorsztyn, VeloKrynica and Polish section of the Cycling Route Around the Tatras - together, presented on the map The statistics include what is important from the point of view of a recreational cyclist, without including purely traffic routes in large cities such as Krakow or Tarnów. The aggregated kilometres do not distinguish between individual investors or administrative/ local government boundaries. 




Brief overview of the statisticsk
As presented in the charts above, more than half (52%, 411 km) of these rideable sections are segregated, wide and tarmac cycleways, 11% (86 km) are sections also without motorised traffic but with gravel/cobblestone surfaces. There are 300 km (38%) of sections where the routes have been created on public roads with low car traffic. 

The table summarises the kilometres of sections that are currently under construction, with commissioning dates scheduled for 2022/23 (over 62km in total).
Important note, a significant part of the routes that are being built outside the VeloMałopolska project will complement it very well. Exceptionally good infrastructure is being created, for instance, in the vicinity of the Vistula Cycle Route (on the Łączany Canal in the Skawina municipality) or next to the planned sections of the VeloRaba (a path on the Zaklińska Bay). There are 127 km of sections that are currently at the stage of developing design documentation and collecting construction permits (with completion dates for this stage in 2021/2022). Their construction, as well as the rest of the Velo Małopolska sections planned for later years (more than 200 km) is waiting for the new financing period from the European Union planned for 2021-2027. 

Other important figures

  • 26 - number of completed, larger and smaller pedestrian/bike-only bridges built/adapted for cycling,
  • 1 - number of pedestrian and bicycle bridges currently under construction,
  • 3000 - number of kilometres of recommended cycling routes.

Map showing progress of works and type of pavement