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Smart Solutions in City Transportation

Smart Solutions in City Transportation

Smart Solutions in City Transportation 570 380 WeGO


Implemented in 2015

Project Duration: Ongoing

Funding Source: Government, European Union

Bydgoszcz’ relatively high population density and strong dependence on private vehicles resulted in traffic congestion. To alleviate this problem, city officials established a holistic initiative composed of four projects designed to improve public services, user experience, and safety. All the projects were initiated and are being currently managed by the Urban Streets and Public Transport Authority (Polish Abbrev. ZDMiKP).


  • The Bydgoszcz Urban Bike (Polish abbrev. BRA)] is a self-serviced bike rental system, which consists of 56 stations and 610 bikes. The stations are spaced every few hundred meters, which makes it easy to reach the selected area at any time. BRA is a modern and environmentally friendly complementation of the city transport system. It operates 24 hours a day in the spring, summer and autumn. When renting a bike, every first 20 minutes of driving are for free. 
  • The Street Light Control project saw the installment of smart street lights to manage and save energy. It makes use of smart street lights with sensors and built-in GPS receivers that monitor natural light, weather conditions, and traffic congestion. Street Light Control is connected to the CPA NET, a remote monitoring and management website that can be accessed from a computer or mobile device. 
  • The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) consists of the implementation of sensors and tracking devices to optimize traffic and transport management. ITS has four functions: (1) control of movement with video monitoring, (2) public transport management with dynamic stop information, (3) parking information, and (4) guiding vehicles to alternative roads. ITS uses ARCP cameras (automatic vehicle feature recording) to calculate average travel times between individual points of transport corridors. ITS is comprised of 73 traffic signals, 64 ARCP cameras and 56 CCTV cameras (closed circuit television). Traffic control is based on the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS). 
  • Bydgoszcz City Card (Polish abbrev. BKM) is public transportation card system that facilitates user experience and allows a more effective payment system. City Cards are proximity cards that include the user’s name and card identification number, allowing the system to store accurate data of the respective card user and electronic transport tickets.


  • Since the installment of ITS, travel time has been reduced by 13% and 30% for trams and cars, respectively.
  • Bikes have become widely popular with residents and serves as a means of transportation. Within two years, more than 1,005,000 trips were taken by bikes.
  • As of 2017, 199,900 cards have been issued, meaning that 56.2% of residents are making use of them. This number is continuously increasing.
  • Power savings thanks to Street Light Control are about 15%.



YEAR Number of Appointments per year
2011-2012 2.3 million
2013 33.5 million
2014 56.9 million
2015 63 million
2016 63.4 million

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