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.
Prague City council’s executive committee has backed demolishing the city’s historic Libeň Bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist elements, rather than opt for renovation. If the plan goes ahead, a new bridge will be built in its place. Proponents argue that saving the original would be almost costly as building a new bridge and will require less maintenance moving forward.
The centre of Prague will see the opening of a unique but temporary open air market introduced on plots of land across from the city’s Masaryk train station and Prague’s Florenc. Named Manifesto, the market will consist of some 20 transport containers specially-modified as design boutiques, bookshops, street food stalls and more.
The Prague Institute of Planning and Development has unveiled the new Metropolitan Plan for the Czech capital that should come into effect in the year 2023. Among other things, the new strategic plan introduces building height regulation and attempts to prevent the city from sprawling into the surrounding countryside.
The Prague Institute of Planning and Development has submitted the
strategic urban or municipal plan for the Czech capital, to come effect in
2023, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová confirmed on Monday.
The plan in use now was adopted in 1999.
The new strategic plan will introduce the regulation of building height limits; unlike the current plan, the new one will take into account not only the function or use of different sites but also their character and their location within specific city districts, architect Roman Koucký, who headed the team which put together the document, said.
The mayor highlighted the Metropolitan Plan’s importance for the city’s development, saying it expressed a vision for the city for decades to come.
It will be possible to suggest additions or tweaks to the plan for a period of 30 days beginning on June 27.
The restoration of Prague’s Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the
Vltava River gets underway on Monday. The project will mainly concern the
renovation of 12 rooms set into the stone embankment walls, which will be
turned into cafes, galleries and public toilets.
The renovation work will also include placing new benches and waste containers along the riverside walk and new infrastructure that will enable the facilities to operate.
Prague City Hall plans to renovate all of the city’s embankments by the year 2020. The whole project is expected to cost around 225 million crowns. The renovation works at the Rašínovo nábřeží embankment should end by November at the latest.
The whole of the Prague Metro system should have mobile phone coverage by the year 2022 after the supervisory board of the city’s transport authority this week approved a deal with a consortium of mobile operators. The first stage of the rollout should begin on part of the C (or red) line this year.
The restoration of Prague’s Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the Vltava River, originally meant to have started in the autumn last year, will begin in mid-April, the daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported on Monday. The waterfront on the opposite side of the river in the district of Smíchov is also set to undergo renovation.
Czechs will join millions of people around the globe in turning off their
lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a
symbolic show of support for the Earth Hour campaign against climate
Earth Hour will dim some of Prague’s best known landmarks including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square or the Žižkov TV tower.
Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic first marked Earth Hour in 2012. Thirteen cities and eighty towns and villages are expected to join the campaign this year.
‘Every public transit stop in Prague’ is an unusual blog created by US student Guy Tabachnik, who spent a few years in the Czech capital studying Czech language and linguistics. His unusual project, which maps all of Prague’s 2,500 tram, metro and bus stops, helped him to discover the city, from the centre all the way to the outskirts.
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