Cars no longer allowed on two main city streets


PRAGUE – It’s been a bad week for wheels in Prague. First it was Segways and now even cars are coping the wrath of City Hall’s anti-auto spree.

Those vehicle hatin’ MPs in City Hall put the brakes on the infamously eyesore car park in Malostranská earlier this summer (TBH we have to give them a thumbs up for this move), and now they’ve expanded the Lesser Town vigilantism.

Melantrichova and Michalska streets have bounced the automobile and replaced driveable road with quite studly cement blocks.

The two streets link Old Town Square to Wenceslas Square and are often the scene of stand offs between delivery vans, local homeowners in the nearby buildings and selfie-stick-wielding tourists.

But City Hall has heard the complaints of its citizens loud and clear and caved to community pressure to reduce traffic on the roads by banning it completely. This may not be exactly what residents were angling for.

Czech media reported that the whole exercise is costing government coffers 4.5 million kc and comes complete with two duty police officers at either end of the street and round the clock video surveillance. We’re gonna report this as a little overkill, but anyway.

A spokesperson for Prague 1 said the district should brace itself for more road closures to come in the name of “safety” as pedestrians take over the cobblestones.

Earlier this week City Hall put its foot down on Segways in the historic centre, in a move that could see the two-wheelers turfed from Prague 1 completely. The same Segway ban extended to hoverboards as well, to the heartbreak of 12 year olds city-wide.

Hopefully the Prague 1 upgrades are executed with a little more finesse than in Prague 5, where Zubrovské street has been a pit of trenches for what feels like about 18 months now.

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