The new school year is approaching, bringing with it the topic of school safety. The city is responding to the excess of cars by introducing school streets, and this September, five more will start operating in Prague.
The introduction of a school street involves the closure of roads around the school for car traffic, mostly temporarily, some time between 7-9:00 AM during the morning rush hour. This eliminates dangerous maneuvers by drivers in the immediate vicinity of the school, where parking on the sidewalk, in front of crosswalks, and idling with the engine running are common.
A calmer environment around schools and kindergartens encourages parents to allow their children to walk, bike, scoot, or use public transportation to get to school. Even children who are driven by their parents must walk at least part of the way, as they cannot reach the school’s entrance by car. Morning exercise has a positive effect on both children and adults in terms of physical and mental health. Cleaner air around the school can also be expected.
Where are the new school streets which are starting to operate this school year, where is this system already in place, and where is it planned? Take a look at the map and the article below for more information.
In other districts, the project has been ongoing for several years. In Prague 20, it started in 2020, in Prague 6 in 2021, and Prague-Klánovice joined the project last year.
There are many more schools that are working toward creating calmer areas with restricted car access. In Prague alone, examples include ZŠ Lyčkovo náměstí in Karlín, where bollards restrict car entry in front of the school since 2016. In Prague 3, there’s ZŠ and MŠ Chelčického at Barikád Square, where there has been a pedestrian zone and bollards against passage in front of the school for many years. A similar case in Prague 3 is ZŠ Komenského náměstí. In Prague 2, there has been a school street at ZŠ Botičská for many years, with bollards blocking off the street, designated only for supply vehicles.
And where will school streets be added next? The municipal district of Prague 3 plans to introduce a school street at Hollarovo náměstí near VOŠ and SUŠ as part of a new 30km/h zone. On September 11, 2023, ZŠ Pod Žvahovem in Prague 5 will also join the initiative.