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What are the city districts planning: Prague 4

Publikováno: 31. července. 2023, 9 min. čtení
Aktualizováno: 30. července. 2023
Publikováno: 31. července. 2023, 9 min. čtení
Aktualizováno: 30. července. 2023

More than six months have passed since the municipal elections, and we are asking the council members responsible for transportation in Prague 1 to Prague 22 about their plans for cycling infrastructure. We now continue with the Prague 4 municipal district, which has 131 thousand inhabitants, including Nusle, Michle, Podolí, Krč, Záběhlice, Hodkovičky, and Lhotka. Jaroslav Míth, the council member for transportation representing ODS, responds to our written inquiries.

Prague 4 is a vast and densely populated municipal district. How will it proceed with improving cycling infrastructure on its own? Will you initiate projects for cycle paths, bike lanes, signage, or directly invest in new cycling paths, whether through subsidies from the municipality or using your own funds?

First and foremost, we are focused on enhancing infrastructure for cyclists (as well as pedestrians, seniors, and parents with strollers) based on input from individuals and groups of citizens. Regarding infrastructure projects for cyclists on roads, we aim to collaborate with the city council since practically all the roads in Prague 4 are owned by the city. During negotiations with developers concerning new construction projects, we make it a requirement that infrastructure for cyclists is created in the vicinity of their developments.

Could you provide an example of such a development project that will improve connections for cycling?

Currently, we are working with developers to address connectivity in the area around Thomayer Hospital, the connection from Krč housing estate down to Michelský Les, and the link to the main cycling route A22. Additionally, we are discussing with a developer the passage of the A22 cycling route through the challenging section at the intersection of Pálkařská Street and Za Mlýnem Street, with the possibility of diverting it into Mezi Sklady Street and continuing it along Kunratický Stream to Za Mlýnem Street.

The heavily frequented cycling route A2 along the Vltava River encounters some complications around Ledárny. Will the considered bypass along the water be established during this term?

The considered bypass along the water is highly complicated and faces many obstacles; therefore, we do not see its implementation during this term as highly probable.

But the municipal district is taking active steps towards its realization?

Currently, there are no ongoing activities in this regard.

(Note: In an interview with the city council member for transportation, Zdeněk Hřib, for the „Městem na kole“ online magazine, he mentioned that the construction of a bridge over the blind arm of the river in Braník, where there is currently an unnecessary detour, is planned. Funds for this project were allocated during the March council meeting, and construction is expected to start at the end of the year. Editor’s note.)

On Budějovická Street, there is a historically very short separated cycle path. Although it is of good quality, it lacks continuity. Does the municipal district have any plans to extend this path in any way so that it can serve as a backbone for cycling towards the city center?

Budějovická Street and the potential cycling path further towards the city center will be addressed together with the extension of the tram track from Pankrác to the Budějovická metro station.

Will the municipal district support the connection of the Nové Dvory housing estate with the city center via Kačerov, using a separate cycle path away from heavy traffic, in conjunction with the construction of the D-line metro?

Cycle paths are intended to be more radial from metro stations into residential areas, rather than duplicating the metro route. We will not support the creation of a major cycling route, but we will work on local cycling connections from Nové Dvory to Thomayer Hospital. In the context of new developments, there are plans for a cycling passage through this newly built area, and there is already a connection to the main cycling route along Jižní spojka.

On Barrandovský Bridge and the western side of Nuselský Bridge, the sidewalks and cycle paths are not maintained during winter. Will the municipal district request an extension of maintenance to these areas?

We do not have enough funds for winter maintenance of many essential sidewalks, and the volume of cycling traffic during snowy periods is minimal. Therefore, we do not want to allocate funds for this purpose.

Are there plans to establish more contraflow bike lanes in existing built-up areas to improve city permeability and provide routes away from busy streets?

Yes, definitely, where it makes sense, but not at any cost.

Is there a plan to add more bicycle racks in the streets? If so, where?

We have already added racks at all our schools and public buildings. Currently, we are more concerned with the issue of how and where to park shared bicycles.

Based on our experience, bicycle racks are missing at various public buildings and schools in Prague 4, such as the City Hall and Polyclinic, Gymnázium Budějovická, metro stations Pražského povstání and Vyšehrad, ZŠ U Krčského lesa, Krč Hospital, recently reconstructed Branická Street, ZŠ Školní, and MŠ Mezivrší. Do you plan to add racks at these public buildings and schools?

Bike racks are integrated into benches in front of the Prague 4 Municipal Office. The Polyclinic Budějovická is a private institution, and the rack in its courtyard was a temporary solution until the reconstruction. Gymnázium Budějovická is not under the administration of Prague 4, and Krč Hospital is not a facility of Prague 4 either. We cannot install racks at such facilities or order them to do so. For schools under the administration of Prague 4, we certainly intend to add the missing racks.

What is your approach to bike sharing? Are you striving for a denser network of bike parking and their expansion?

Our primary focus is on creating a legislative framework that allows us to regulate this business in cooperation with the Prague City Council. We are also considering transforming traffic shadows into parking spaces for bicycles and scooters.

How else do you plan to improve conditions for cycling in your municipal district?

Given the current heavy construction activity in Prague 4, such as Metro D, Podolský Bridge (sometimes called also Dvorecký bridge, editor’s note), and Barrandovský Bridge, we are primarily focused on improving the flow of traffic in the district and incorporating cycling into these newly developing infrastructure projects.

Which construction or change in the current term will have the most positive impact on pedestrian and cycling transportation in your municipal district?

Definitely, the Podolský Bridge (also known as Dvorecký Bridge), which will significantly shorten the connection between Prague 4 and Prague 5 and provide a much more suitable route for pedestrians and cyclists compared to Barrandov Bridge.

What foreign city serves as an inspiration for you in the field of transportation?

Vienna.

Do you ever move around the city by bike? Why or why not?

Yes, I use a bike for recreational cycling. For transportation, I prefer using public transport or my own car.

Do you follow our magazine?

No, but I wish you many readers who understand that especially in such a large city as Prague, we must learn to tolerate each other and not treat any group of road users as outcasts.

Thank you for the interview.

This is an adjusted ChatGPT translation of this article: https://mestemnakole.cz/2023/07/co-chystaji-mestske-casti-praha-4-2/

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