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Cyclist, get off the bike on the path in Podolí. Again

Publikováno: 16. dubna. 2024, 3 min. čtení
Aktualizováno: 13. dubna. 2024
Úvodní foto: O. Kraus
Publikováno: 16. dubna. 2024, 3 min. čtení
Aktualizováno: 13. dubna. 2024
Úvodní foto: O. Kraus

During the construction of the Dvorecký Bridge in Prague’s Podolí, the main cycling route A2 has once again been interrupted. Cyclists are instructed, according to the signage, to dismount for a 120-meter-long detour section. This is despite the fact that the width of the detour corresponds to the standard width of the bike path.

The closure of one of Prague’s most significant cycling routes is due to the construction of the Dvorecký Bridge. The bike path, which is more than three meters wide, is closed. People are directed onto the road, where the entire parking and cycling lanes have been taken over. It has beenseparated from motor traffic by plastic barriers.

The detour corridor has a width of over 2.5 meters, which, according to the Technical Conditions of the Ministry of Transport (TP 179), is a sufficient width to permit a two-way path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Nevertheless, the Road Administration has chosen the path of repression, indicating „Cyclist, dismount from your bike.“ According to Bára Soukupová (Pirates), chair of the Prague cycling committee, representatives of local government and the cycling committee tried to overturn the decision of the Road Administration. However, according to information from those involved, the investor’s representative responded by stating that a similar closure was marked in Podolí last year and no official complaints were received, so the administration sees no problem in marking the detour route in the same way this year.

During the year, the closure will change and allegedly cycling traffic will be directed through Podolská Street. However, it is not yet clear whether this closure will be comfortable for cycling and will not require to dismount the bike frequently.

Best practices

Practical examples show that even in the Czech Republic, we are capable of marking detours for cycling traffic in a better way. And even on narrower corridors:

This is an adjusted machine translation using Automat’s CycleLingo Translator (ChatGPT) of this article: https://mestemnakole.cz/2024/04/cyklisto-sesedni-na-cyklostezce-v-podoli-opet/

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