Prague 1 is due to conduct a report on the impact of cycling in pedestrian zones. The operation by the city district is being checked by the request of the municipal police that cyclists in pedestrian zones should be banned.
This has caused dissent among city cyclists, who at Tuesday’s meeting of the Prague City Council asked that the city should not restrict traffic.
“Urban police have asked for a total ban, the Council has ordered the Transport Department to examine the situation,” said Councilor Richard Bures (ODS). According to him, the final decision will be at the Prague 1 Transport Department.
The Town Hall is considering a ban on pedestrian crossings between 10:00 and 18:00. Places which may come under the potential ban would include Wenceslas Square, Staroměstské náměstí, Náměstí Republiky, Malá náměstí, Karlova, Michalská, Železná and Celetná, parts of Na Příkopě, Jilská, Maiselova and Melantrichova, Na Můstku or 28. října street.
Last week, a hundred bikers demonstrated at a parade in the city centre against the ban. According to organizers from Auto * Mat, the planned ban is not a “sophisticated solution”. The procession came from Staromák to Vodičkova Street.
The petition for banning cyclists in pedestrian zones has been signed by over 1700 people.
Photo: Rekola, Metro.cz