What is missing?

Several topics were identified in the issue of traffic signs for active mobility; to solve them will require elaboration of documents that will be the basis for draft amendment to Act No. 361/2000 Coll., on traffoc on roads and on amendments to certain acts, or updates to Technical Conditions 179 Design of Infrastructure for cyclists. The topics identified include: 

  • Introduction of a Shared Zone

A Shared Zone mode needs to be defined to extend safe coexistence of vehicles with vulnerable road users in a shared space, with possibilities never experienced in our country before (with an intensive motor traffic, incl. transit function and regular bus lines). It is usually a busy through road or intersection with a traffic volume of thousands of cars every day, or it can be an area in front of large stations, or a major shopping street in a city center (therefore, playing children are not permitted there). Such a mode turns out to be surprisingly viable and capacitive, in case a key condition is met - speed limit of 20km/h. Currently used Residential Zone mode is primarily intended to be introduced in areas with predominating residential function, where there is a very low traffic (therefore, playing children are permitted there).

  • Design of urban transport scheme that considers cyclists

The transport scheme design primarily builds on the needs of motor traffic, while forgets specifics of cycling. One of te reasons why this happens are missing traffic signs that should be defined to introduce specifics of cycling in a simple way. 

  • Topics to be solved:
    • two-way cycling
    • rights and obligations in conflicts and in harmony
    • reducing number of traffic signs
    • non-obligatory use of cycling measures
    • a space with predominating function
    • a cycleway along main road
    • quality of urban cycleways' surface and maintenance of cycleways
    • traffic lights
    • protective / multi purpose lines
    • cycling allowed not only at the right road side
    • areas with calmed traffic and speed limits
    • testing measures / pilot projects
    • protection of vulnerable road users


Although some of those topics were successfully incorporated in laws, the practice has revealed a lack of using them. Insufficient awareness raising, or insufficient legislation (in case of a cycling zone) might be to blame, together with the most common "culprit" - constant prejudice against cycling measures implemented in the context of urban mobility. On the other hand, Technical Conditions 179 Designing infrastructure for cyclists were successfully finalised, and together with follow-up seminars these create better conditions for inproved awareness raising.