Cyclists will soon be banned from historic central spots in the Czech capital by officials citing pedestrian safety – yet 1,000 cars will not
Robert TaitLast modified on Tue 3 Apr 2018 12.52 BST
Standing astride his bike in Prague’s storied Wenceslas Square, Jakub Panek waxes lyrical about the joys of cycling to work in one of Europe’s most historic and enchanting cities.
“There have been situations where I’ve had to stop and get off my bike because of the number of tourists, but no one has ever complained” says Panek, a production specialist with Post Bellum, an NGO documenting the Czech Republic’s experiences under totalitarianism. “My experience has always been pleasant. It’s faster than cars or public transport and I feel more free.”
Yet a leisurely ride through Prague’s baroque streets could soon be banned under restrictions due to be enacted by the city centre’s municipal authority in the coming weeks.