Organization

Pomorskie Stowarzyszenie “Wspólna Europa” (PSWE) is a grass root, project and process oriented, non-governmental organisation with the main aim of assisting local and regional government in the process of development of Pomerania, the most popular tourist regions in Poland.

The PSWE has been registered in 2005 as an NGO in the 12th Department of the Gdańsk Regional Court. In May 2008 it became the associate member of the ECF, attaining the status of its full member in March 2011. Since the beginning of its involvement in sustainable transport advocacy activities focused mainly on cycling, the PSWE cycling team has taken part in the following projects: OBIS (Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities), PRESTO (Promoting Cycling For Everyone As Daily Transport Mode) funded from the IEE programme. In October 2011 the PSWE has been granted the status of EuroVelo routes coordinator in northern Poland, focusing its attention inter alia on the Iron Curtain Trail – EuroVelo Route No.13 project funded by the DG ENV of the European Commission, as a lead partner for the northern section of the trail. Since 2011 the PSWE has also been involved in the CentralMeetBike project funded from the Central Europe programme and ABC (Access By Cycling) project funded from the South Baltic Programme.

In autumn 2010 the PSWE has organized the first Polish Active Mobility Congress and initiated the process of creation of the Polish Union of Active Mobility (PUMA) inviting representatives of 15 Polish municipalities to sign the Gdańsk Charter of Active Mobility. PUMA is assumed to become an all-Polish organization assembling the representatives of over 300 small towns and cities interested in promotion of sustainable local transport solutions.

Within the framework of activities of the PSWE cycling team, Dr Piotr Kuropatwinski, elected to the post of the vice-president of the ECF in March 2011, prepared the “Concept of Cycling System Development in Pomeranian Voivodeship – Green Paper” published under the auspices of the Marshall’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship in 2009.

The PSWE members received the title of Bicycle Policy Audit (BYPAD) auditors in 2008. Such audits, putting cycling in a wider transport demand management perspective were carried out by them in the city of Tczew, Gdansk and in the communes of Smoldzino, Przywidz and Trabki Wielkie in 2009 and 2010.

PSWE has gained experience in a number of cycling promotion campaigns, collaborating directly with a team of professional photographers and editors. It collaborates closely with the Gdansk Convention Bureau, having prepared a comprehensive report about business tourism potential of the region.

Example activities

PSWE has realised the following projects in different partnerships:

  • Concept of Cycling System Development in Pomeranian Voivodeship – Green Paper
  • Gdańsk Charter of Active Mobility
  • BYPAD Audits (in February 2008 five PSWE experts became the first certified BYPAD auditors in Poland).