Cyclists in Petřiny can now legally ride on the sidewalk along Ankarská. The Prague 6 district has designated a pedestrian and cyclist path on a 600-meter long section of the wide sidewalk along this street. This location is planned to be part of the A150 cycle route, which will serve as the main connection between Střešovice and Petřiny.
By allowing a mixed flow of pedestrians and cyclists on the sidewalk along Ankarská, the connectivity on this cycle route has been further improved. The connection between Petřiny, Střešovice, and even locations like Hvězda Park or educational facilities in the vicinity of Ankarská is now somewhat safer.
„Until now, the sidewalk was only meant for pedestrians, but due to its nature, it was possible to allow cycling as well. I am pleased to see meaningful measures being taken to promote cycling transport. Similarly, we will identify other pedestrian routes where it would be safe to implement a mixed flow of pedestrians and cyclists,“ said Ondřej Matěj Hrubeš (ODS), the councilor for transport in Prague 6, regarding the implementation. The district also urges both pedestrians and cyclists to show mutual respect and behave cautiously.
Considering the width of the sidewalk, which reaches four to five meters, and the low frequency of pedestrians, if basic consideration is maintained, there should be no significant conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists on the newly legalized section.
Along with the legalization of the sidewalk along Ankarská, the link to the Šantrochova parking lot has also been officially approved, directly connecting to the previously constructed cycle crossing of Ankarská. This connection can be used, for example, when riding to or from Na Petřinách Street. Unfortunately, the curb at the exit to the parking lot is still not lowered.
On the opposite side of Ankarská, due to the nearby Comenius construction, the surface of U Větrníku Street is currently undergoing reconstruction. This street is an important link to the planned A150 cycle route further into Střešovice, and its surface has been inadequate so far. The city district is preparing further improvements on this alternative route to the busy Na Petřinách Street, leading towards Střešovice. Specifically, improvements are being planned for the connection to Talichova Street, as mentioned by the councilor for transport, Hrubeš, in a recent interview with Město na kole.
At the opposite end of the now legalized sidewalk along Ankarská, there are plans to connect the cycle paths leading to the Ankarská-Brunclíkova and Zvoníčkova intersection. Crosswalks are likely to be marked, and several short sidewalk sections will be legalized to ensure continuous connectivity between individual paths, according to councilor Hrubeš, in response to Městem na kole’s inquiry.
The remaining connections to the adjacent street network (Šantrochova Street, Nad Alejí Street, Boučkova Street), which are connected to the now legalized section, are not permitted for cycling. The marked section can primarily be used for cycling away from traffic, leading to Brunclíkova Street, or further towards the Vypich area and Hvězda Park.