The bypass of Havlíčkův Brod has interrupted the planned cycle path to Herlify

Publikováno: 18. května. 2024, 6 min. čtení
Úvodní foto: čtenář MNK
Publikováno: 18. května. 2024, 6 min. čtení
Úvodní foto: čtenář MNK

The long-awaited southeastern bypass of Havlíčkův Brod, which opened last fall, comes with a bitter downside. During the construction of the bypass, it was not possible to incorporate a cycle path into the construction of the new bridge spanning the bypass and connecting Havlíčkův Brod with the village of Herlify. Therefore, the planned cycle path to the Herlify settlement will likely be interrupted at the bypass location.

The southeastern bypass of Havlíčkův Brod was officially opened in the fall of 2023. According to earlier media reports, the city had plans to construct a cycle path over it, had been purchasing land for the path, and planned to complete it after the bypass was operational. This was also intended to compensate for the fact that Herlify would be separated from the city by the new bypass. A cycle path leading over the bypass itself was promised, which was to connect to the existing cycle path along Mírová Street.

The path to Herlif is currently in preparation, according to the city: „The construction of the path itself is in the preparation phase. The city intends to build a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists that is 2.5 meters wide and approximately 226 meters long. No decision has been made yet regarding the timing of the construction,“ explained Alena Doležalová, the city’s press spokesperson, to Městem na kole. However, the investigation by the editorial team revealed that the path was not incorporated into the bridge construction over the bypass. Therefore, the future path from Herlify to Havlíčkův Brod will be interrupted by the new bypass. Additionally, the national cycle route No. 19 (Posázavská) also passes through this location.

As part of the construction of the bypass, only a 1.5-meter-wide sidewalk was built over the bridge. This is significantly narrower than the planned path and also narrower than the existing connecting path along Mírová Street.

Despite repeated inquiries up to the publication of the article, we were unable to find out why the path over the bridge was narrowed, and whether the city had requested the construction of a cycle path from the Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) during the preparation of the bypass. “The city of Havlíčkův Brod is not the builder of the southeastern city bypass, therefore it did not make decisions on the structural engineering solution of the sidewalk (path) on the bridge construction,” stated the city’s press spokesperson.

ŘSD: „There is no cycle path on the bridge“

The fact that the construction of the bypass did not include a cycle path is confirmed by ŘSD’s press spokesperson Jiří Veselý to Městem na kole: „According to the approved project documentation, the bridge carries the road III/03810 and a public sidewalk with a width of 1.5 m (not a cycle path). Also, as part of the road III/03810 realignment, a new public sidewalk of 1.5 m width was constructed before and after the bridge (SO 112.1 Sidewalk along road III/03810), and in this case, it is not a cycle path either. There is no cycle path connecting to the new bridge, but rather a newly constructed public sidewalk, and on the bridge, there is no cycle path, but a public sidewalk. Before, on, and after the bridge, a cyclist should move along road III/03810. The cycle path coming from Havlíčkův Brod ends about 100 m before the bridge and is directed onto road III/03810.”

It is clear that contrary to earlier proclamations, the transfer of the cycle path over the bypass was not planned. Although the 1.5-meter width of the sidewalk does not entirely preclude cyclist traffic, according to the TP179 standards, it is considered an emergency solution that can be chosen only under low traffic volumes and only if there is an opportunity for avoidance within a visible distance. It would be surprising if this were a deliberately chosen solution for a newly constructed cycle path.

To the question of whether cyclists will be allowed to at least ride on the sidewalk in emergencies, so that the future cycle path to the Herlify settlement is not completely interrupted by the bypass, the city has not responded despite repeated requests up to the time of article publication. We will update the information upon receiving a response.

This is an adjusted machine translation using Automat’s CycleLingo Translator (ChatGPT) of this article:

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