Designers and engineers at the Technical University of Ostrava have created the world’s first 3D-printed scooter with a stainless steel bionic frame in collaboration with the UK-based manufacturer Renishaw. Their prototype, inspired by skeletal structures of fish and fowl, is both stronger and a quarter lighter than conventional models.
A new electric scooter sharing system in Prague, implemented only three weeks ago, has already met with some raised eyebrows across the capital. Many locals complain they are dangerous and take up space on the pavement. Meanwhile the City Hall, which did not hesitate to ban Segways in the past, says the operators need to work more closely with local districts.
Eleven Czech cities joined World Car Free Day on Saturday, an international
event celebrated on September 22 in which people are encouraged to leave
their cars at home for the day and use more environmentally-friendly means
Several hundred European cities joined in the event. In the Czech Republic it was Prague, Hradec Králové and Jihlava, among others.
A divisive ban on cycling in areas of downtown Prague has been overturned following a legal challenge from an activist group. Cyclists will now be able to return to pedestrian zones such as Old Town Square. However, local politicians continue to argue that bikes don’t belong in the historical city centre.
The Prague Municipal Court has overturned a measure imposed by the Prague 1
local authority to curb cyclists in city centre pedestrian zones, Czech
Television reported on Thursday. The court upheld a complaint by
pro-cycling association AutoMat and two other plaintiffs. Limits had been
placed on bikes between 10 am and 5 pm on the lower part of Wenceslas
Square, Old Town Square and the square náměstí Republiky.
Some politicians and residents had criticised the move, saying the authorities should support rather than restrict cycling. The Prague 1 town hall said pedestrians had been injured by bikes.
The cyclists’ association Auto*Mat has lodged a court complaint against Prague 1 district council’s move to introduce a daytime ban on bikes in large parts of the city centre. The organisation, which is promoting cycling in the city, has also called on the City Hall to review the matter, arguing that the ban is exaggerated and illegal.
Although winter months are still ahead, two bike sharing firms in the Czech capital are gearing up in the fight for customers. Home-grown firm Rekola, known for its pink bike frames on the market for more than five years, faces a battle against Chinese newcomer OFO, whose yellow bikes were tested in a pilot run in Prague 7 just recently.
Cyclists will be banned from pedestrian routes in the city centre as of
April 1, according to information released by the Transport office at City
Hall of Prague 1. The ban on bikes along such routes will be from 10 am to
Some of the streets affected include 28. října, Na Příkopě and the Old Town Square. The district of Prague 7 has come out against as has the NGO Automat which is organising a petition.
In order to enforce the ban, Prague 1 has to strike down an exception for cyclists in place until now; one reason it is seeking the change is because of greater danger posed to pedestrians also by other electric two-wheeled vehicles which came into use after Segway vehicles were banned.
What began as Rekola, the NGO, is now an NGO-slash-successful socially-conscious business. If you need to get quickly from A to B in Prague or a number of other Czech cities, pinpointing the nearest Rekola bike through an online app is simple, and the bikes are easy to spot because they are… pink. For a mere 32 crowns for single use, you can zip around the so-called Pink Zone here in the capital. Rekola now has almost 15,000 registered users across the country and is even looking to expand abroad.