Prague transport will be relieved by the completion of circuits, not a speed of 30 km / h, says the mayor of Prague 9 Portlík (ODS)
“Prague is a very different situation. There is a discussion about the introduction of this speed in zones and residential areas, but certainly not on the main connecting roads, “says Jaromír Beránek (Pirates) in Pro and against the Prague representative and chairman of the IT Magistracy’s Smart City Committee.
The mayor of Prague 9 and the representative of the City of Prague Tomáš Portlík (ODS) adds that some Parisians complain that it is not possible to drive through the city and secondly that the restrictions are not observed. “If we want to further divide Prague and its inhabitants, we can come up with similar ideas.”
“Paris is smaller and has a population density 8 times higher than Prague,” Beránek announced. “Many drivers would like to be able to drive through the city center at a speed of 30 every hour. But the average speed of trams in the whole territory of Prague last year reached 19.5 km / h, buses are only slightly faster. “
At the age of 30, Prague is impassable
Portlík agrees that the capital is currently impassable at a speed of 30 km / h. “We will reduce emissions mainly through clever measures within telematics and green waves, as well as through alternative routes, ie the outer and Prague ring roads. Entering lower speeds can be dangerous because pedestrians feel safe and drivers think they will slow it down. “
“Flat rate is complete nonsense,” the mayor believes. “It is legitimate to consider it in the areas where a pedestrian meets a car. It’s not just about speed, but also about section measurement. But it is ideal for drivers to accept the measure themselves. Because they have to save with them and they have to be done where they make sense from the point of view of safety. “
Beránek adds that historically, the speed of 30 km / h was introduced in the most densely built-up and populated parts. “In Karlín in 2012, in Letná 2017 and in Holešovice 2018. So in residential localities it is really an irreversible trend.”
The pirate representative doubts that the regulation of a lower speed will reduce the number of cars on the roads. “People are comfortable, and we have to make other modes of transport easier for them. Prague is a historic city in which we do not want to drive cars in the most beautiful locations. I would like to get a situation where there will be fewer cars in the center and people will feel more comfortable there, “admits Jaromír Beránek (Pirates).
“Former Mayor Bém disappeared in 2009 with the need for an inner and outer circuit, not much has happened since then. But I would like to remind you that the first fatal accident in a car happened about 123 years ago, at 30 kilometers per hour, “Tomáš Portlík (ODS) recalls half jokingly.
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