The Central Bohemian Region plans to build a cycling path between Prague and Roztoky. It could be completed within two years if the regional government succeeds in obtaining European or national funding. This week, councilors approved the inclusion of the project in the investment plan. The construction is estimated to cost around 16 million Czech crowns, with an additional 20 million crowns required for land acquisition. The cycle path will be part of the Vltava Cycling Route, as reported to ČTK by Josef Holek from the regional office.
The path is expected to be just under two kilometers long and will have an asphalt surface. Currently, cyclists have to use the busy road II/242, which sees an average of up to 8,500 cars passing daily. The region is expected to collaborate with the town of Roztoky on the entire project. „The city will financially and procedurally ensure the preparation of project documentation, including building permits. We, specifically our Regional Administration and Road Maintenance office, will handle the construction. At this moment, the key to the whole project is the settlement of land issues,“ said regional councilor for public transport Petr Borecký (STAN).
The Vltava Cycling Route starts at the source of the Vltava River and passes through Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, Týn nad Vltavou, Orlík, Štěchovice, Prague, Kralup nad Vltavou, and Mělník, where the river flows into the Elbe. It measures over 450 kilometers and is part of an international route. The region also plans to build a new section of the route between Zdiby and Klecany u Prahy.
If the region succeeds in land acquisition and funding applications, construction is expected to begin next year. The first cyclists could ride on the path in 2025. However, it is likely that this won’t address the complete solution for the challenging passage from the capital to Roztoky, as a significant section of this path is still missing in Prague, from the Sedlec ferry to the city’s border.