Even though Poland is behind phenomenal biking countries such as Holland or Scandinavia, we have nothing to be ashamed of. With our paved cycling lanes in the cities, hardened forest trails, river banks and railroad embankments – our country is a great place for a biking holiday.
The authorities of bigger cities in Poland tend to be more aware of the needs of cyclists; a web of cycling lanes has developed rapidly and is at the forefront of this trend in Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot and Krakow. In Warsaw, you can cycle quite easily from the Kampinoski Forest (surrounded by a cycling loop, 144 kilometers long) to Zegrzyński Bay or to Powsin. The Poznański Loop is a 164 km long route around the capital city of Wielkopolska.
The Critical Mass, which has taken place in several towns in Poland already, is a cycling celebration. The Mass in the capital city is the most spectacular; on the last Friday of each month a wave of several thousand cyclists passes through the city under police escort.
Cycling in natural surroundings away from the city has its own rules. In Poland cyclists usually use the same paths as pedestrians, sometimes they have separate routes. Those in Kozienicki Forest, Bieszczady, Kaszuby or the Wolin Island are well taken care of and marked.
You can also bike on railway embankments; the route Łeba-Miastko is 160 km long! Life for cyclists has become easier over the past few years; in Roztocze there are special train carriages for bikes and in Beskin Sadecki (Wierchomla and Jaworzyna Krynicka) the chair lifts turn into bike transporters in summer.
Wierchomla is one of the most popular summer bases for down hillers, those extreme mountain cyclists who go exploring southern Poland and its mountains. Their favourite routes are: Katowice – Zywiec, Wisła – Zwardon and the route passing on occasion through Slovakia on the slopes of Babia Gora. Here you can visit the Klodzka Valley, the country around Zborow Mountain and Chelm at Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska and the Telegraph Mountain in the Swietokrzyskie Mountains.