There is a system consisting of numerous cycle paths operating in and around Prague, labeled A1-A499. The planned length of the entire system exceeds one thousand kilometers, more than a third of which is finished. Routes are marked with directional arrows and yellow signs, but their monitoring requires some attention and exercise. These cycle routes are not always the shortest way but they usually provide relatively quiet streets.
The main routes are A1 and A2, along the river. Outside the center, they are largely exclusive cycle paths. They are connected to secondary routes (A11-A27) that in many cases are lead by major Vltava streams:
- A12 Prokop valley
- A17 Šárecký stream
- A21 Modřany – Písnice
- A22 Braník – Krč – Grove
- A23 Botič
- A26 Rokytka
Other secondary roads are roughly parallel to the Vltava (A31-34, A41-44), but they are still marked only in short stretches. The whole city surrounds the circular route A50, signposted for the most part as far as the route KCT 8100.
Prague is also crossed by several national routes, greenways as well as the pan-European EuroVelo 4 and 7. Some routes are not yet labelled in Prague, so you have to keep with main local routes:
- For the EV 4 from Southwest (and national route #3), keep on the A1 route from Radotín along the Berounka river and the Vltava’s left bank, switch to the A12 on Barrandovský bridge and get to the city centre by the right bank of Vltava, by route A2.
- For the EV 4 from Northeast (and national route #17), keep on route A26 through Horní Počernice, Černý Most, Hloubětín and then along the Rokytka stream to Libeň. After reaching the Vltava, switch to A2 through Karlín to the city centre.
- For the EV 7 from North (Vltava route, also national route #7), use route A2.
- For the EV 7 from Southeast and Greenway Praha – Wien (also national route #11), use route A23 behind Újezd and then short segments of routes A216 and A21 to Háje (C line end station), switch to A22 to Chodov, Krč and Braník, and then A2 to the city centre (or A12 to Jihozápadní město, where Greenway Praha – Wien officially ends).
In the city centre, even local routes are not continuously marked, so to ride along the Vltava is the easiest way to keep with the right riverbank. Don’t be shy to ride with traffic when riding is prohibited on sidewalks.