Car sharing and electric bike sharing between strategic points in Hajnowka County (Poland)

This pilot/study case will take place inthe Podlaskie Region (Poland) in Hajnowka County.

Main challenges faced in the area:

  • With a GDP per capita that represents 71.1% of the Polish GDP (€7,900 per person while the average in Poland is €11,130), the region is one of the poorest in Poland.
  • The region of Podlaskie has the lowest population density in Poland (59 inhabitants/1 km2; the average in Poland is 123 inhabitants/1 km2).
  • It faces a systematic decrease in the number of inhabitants – since 2002 almost 2% and a predicted further decline of 17.8% by 2050.
  • The region has an inadequate transport network.

A pilot case to tackle the mobility challenge

  • Hajnowka is a very touristic region. The Białowieża National Park is the oldest national park in Poland and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage park. The park attracts a lot of tourists who want to practice hiking, Nordic walking, or cycling.
  • The aim of this pilot case is to develop cars and electric bike sharing in Hajnowka County for both tourists and inhabitants. In this rural area, various means of transport are not developed enough because of the low population density, even if the demand for moving around these specially protected areas is large because of tourists.
  • It will be possible to borrow cars and e-bicycles by registering an application and using a special card. Bicycles will be borrowed through the app, which will send the code to rent a bike.
  • The cars and e-bike stations will be located close to the bus station and train station where further movement is difficult.


Authors: Agnieszka Baran PhD, Eugenia Panfiluk PhD, Eliza Ostaszewska – student of BUT


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