On a 1.3-kilometer stretch of Černokostelecká Street in Prague 10 a new shared cycle lane has replaced the previous sharrows.
This initiative, carried out by the municipality, had been planned for several years. The „protected“ cycle lane has replaced the earlier sharrows, which were marked on the street at a time when it wasn’t yet possible to designate shared cycle lanes.
What does this new measure mean for cyclists? It provides a greater sense of safety and a designated corridor for cycling, where larger vehicles are not allowed to encroach when cyclists are present. However, overtaking can still be relatively tight. The measure did not affect parking arrangements or the width of the street.
One of our readers, Ondřej, commented on the implementation: „It’s a good effort, but it falls short in areas where a little more thought or minor construction adjustments would be beneficial. If it’s a quick action to improve the dire situation, that’s okay, but if it’s meant to be step two of the sharrows, then it’s not really sufficient.„
From the city center, the cycle lane begins at the intersection of Na Palouku and Černokostelecká Streets. This cycle lane was established as part of the traffic light renewal project in the previous year. From this intersection, the cycle lane continues almost continuously until the intersection of Černokostelecká and Limuzská Streets.
When cycling from the city center, there is then a one-kilometer stretch without a cycle lane (Limuzská-Sazečská). Following that, there is a two-kilometer section with a cycle-bus lane in the direction towards the city center and a protected cycle lane in the direction away from the city center. This measure was implemented last year and leads cyclists all the way to Štěrboholy.