What and why we’d like to tune up?

We, as people, are always moving. We don’t chase mammoths for long hours these days, but we need to transfer quickly to work, for purchases, or to have fun with friends. And for this purpose we need modern, comfortable roads and effective traffic control. In some cases, the solution is simple - only one small administrative change in the methods or proficiency is required. Conversely, at a time when there are new roads, then the construction of bypasses, side-walks and footbridges are needed. Only a sophisticated traffic strategy connected directly to other city development plans can provide a solution to the question of where, what and in which way to build. That’s the reason for the Sustainable Mobility Plan for Prague and its surrounding suburbs.

The plan’s goal is to “set switches“ for future traffic development in such a manner that the environment would not worsen due to the traffic (noise, pollution) and people would not lose their freedom of movement at the same time. Our objective is an active, goal seeking and sustainable traffic policy for the capital city. We are working on the strategic plan for the nation’s capital city, Prague, for the traffic sector, which will meet all the parameters of the Sustainable Mobility Plan (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – SUMP). After its approval, it will become the major conceptual document in the traffic sector for Prague, reaching even as far as the Mid-Bohemian region in the next decade. It will be binding for other political generations, at the town hall.

The city is not a never ending bubble

Until recently, all traffic plans were formed with the presumption of more traffic and an increasing number of trucks. That was the reason for widening and the creation of completely new roads. Currently, we can see the negative impact of such road expansion. Extreme noise and emissions worsen the health of citizens - people can’t even open a window for fresh air or pass across the street safely. Most of the streets are full of parked or moving cars, taking up space that people could use. If new traffic plans were adjusted for the benefit of the increasing number of cars, the space for pedestrians would have to be reduced (e.g. narrower side-walks).

The car is not an enemy, public transportation is not only for the less well off

Sustainable mobility means a change of view about traffic. It does not provide solutions for particular kinds of traffic separately, but conversely, it connects them and teaches them to work together, to respect each other. It is not sustainable to focus the development just on one traffic area. Conversely, particular kinds of traffic can work together effectively. It is possible to reach this only through a mutual dialogue and not only in the sphere of professionals for individual kinds of traffic, but also with the public.

Fine place for enjoying life

The often occurring collapses in traffic networks not only mean poor city planning but also huge losses – for health, as well as for the economy. Maintenance expenditures for oversized infrastructure are endangering the prosperity of the entire city. Besides this, plenty of non-finished infrastructure limits the mobility of citizens. To secure the prosperity of a city and its citizens, the future direction of its infrastructure needs to be assessed precisely and strategically in such a manner that it can be funded.

More than friends

There is no free space around Prague, even in the middle of the Mid-Bohemian region there isn’t a spare inch. Both regions can’t exist without wide cooperation and coordination in different areas, such as traffic, water supplies, education, and health, etc. On this basis, the Sustainable Mobility Plan is not only created for Prague, but it reaches the entire so-called metropolitan area.

The mobility plan will specify the strategic plan for Prague in the area of traffic, and will meet the parameters of the Sustainable Mobility Plan (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – SUMP). After its approval in the Council and Assembly of Prague it will become the major conceptual document in the area of traffic for the city, also reaching to the Mid-Bohemian region, and superseding the current principles of the traffic policy (approved by resolution No. 13/21 of the Municipal Assembly of Prague from January 11, 1996).

 

Which territory will be involved in our activity?

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Why do we need to solve mobility in a sustainable way?

Many citizens of Prague found their home in the green areas of the Mid-Bohemian region, but the majority of working opportunities remained in Prague. Every day, over 150,000 people travel to Prague for work and around 25,000 people leave Prague for work. These numbers are constantly increasing and the need for mobility is increasing. Mobility within the city is even many times higher. So the search for traffic solutions that don’t decrease the life-standard of our citizens is required. Foreign experiences show us that cities which solve the traffic in a “sustainable way” have wider opportunities to improve their public areas.