In generel

In general, there is a well-established legislative support for cycling development in the Czech Republic. In addition, the new Urban and Active Mobility Concept presents more legal regulations to further improve relevant legislation. Despite the same law conditions for all Czech towns and cities, the interpretation of law sometimes differs. As a result, what can be done in one city, cannot be done in another. This happens because many politicians with urban planners and the police prioritize motor transport over cycling, and for many measures they say "it's dangerous", thus do not give permission; these measures include cycle lanes, contraflow cycling, cycle streets, mixed-use zones, etc.

The Czech legislation system:

  • laws and decrees (zákony, vyhlášky) are legally binding, they must be always followed during re/construction of a street or building. They are basis of the law system
  • standards (identified as ČSN 736110[1]) and technical conditions (like TP179[2]) are recommending. However, police and other authorities take them as a strong recommendation and generally respect them e.g. during a building permit process
  • City decrees are at the position of a law, but they are valid just for a specific city, approved by city council. 

Approval of Technical Conditions (TC) 179 is only a partial success because as experience shows, more public space still has been allocating to car traffic and parking, unfortunately at the expense of infrastructure for cyclists. Therefore, the adopted TC 179 must be followed with seminars that would explain importance of mobility in public space. More than supporting car use we need to enhance active mobility - cycling and walking. Public space is not inflatable and our decisions whether to set up a cycle lane or car parking must be deliberate.

With the aim to share this knowledge, we have established a training programme in 2014 called Bicycle Academy. In 2016 the programme content was extended to urban mobility in general ( What we want - streets designed in accordance with not only technical regulations and decrees, but also with principles of promoting sustainable urban mobility.