Citizens ready to help clean public transport stops
CIVITAS MIMOSA, 02.08.2012
A recent online survey in Gdansk confirms support for citizen involvement in cleaning up public transport stops covered in adverts.
Having succeeded with the 2011 action “We Are Changing Your City – Clean Public Transport Stops” the CIVITAS MIMOSA team in Gdansk continues with its efforts to win local public opinion.
A recent online survey revealed that 71% of Tri-city residents support the clean public transport stops action and 51% of them are ready to actively participate. Their opinions reflect that although repressive solutions can be more effective than creative ones, the action is well recognised and accepted.
Gdansk’s public transport stop shelters have been used as space for all types of adverts. This illegal practice not only spoils the aesthetic look of the shelters but also attracts acts of vandalism and consequently has a very negative impact on people's perception of public transport in general.
CIVITAS MIMOSA believed firmly that the solution to the problem lies in a mental shift. They encouraged passengers to share the common responsibility for public space by pulling leaflets off the public transport shelters. At the same time, the team set up purpose-built advert boards next to bus shelters.
One of 60 new boards was officially unveiled on 3 July 2012 by Deputy Mayor Maciej Lisicki. The full size project posters that appeared on the new advert boards also gives Gdansk residents a chance to learn more about Mimosa achievements in their city.
Watch a video about Gdansk's approach to cleaning public transport stops here.
Monika N. Evini