Prague 1 City Hall had signs installed prohibiting entry to a large part of the Old Town between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The aim is to reduce the noise that disturbs local residents at night. Prague 1 councilor for transport Vojtěch Ryvola told ČTK. The adopted measure actually covers the entire area between Dvořák embankment, Pařížská, Staroměstské náměstí and Revoluční. Residents of Dlouhá, where a large number of popular night clubs are located, have been complaining about noise for a long time.
According to the councilor, the cars of the traffic service, local residents or taxis will still enter the area, but police officers will be able to stop everyone and check that they have a reason to be there. The city hall management took the step without informing them in advance, according to Ryvola, they wanted to avoid the heated discussion that often accompanies traffic measures. The councilor added that the measure applies from today and the town hall consulted with the city police in advance, who are ready to start inspections.
However, their concerns will probably not be heard. The city management is already more or less counting on this solution, according to the deputy mayor for transport Zdeněk Hřib, if there is an agreement at the meeting of the capital city council, the given measure could apply from October next year. At the same time, the six-month period would be used for technical security, i.e. primarily the installation of surveillance cameras.
What is certain is that these steps will (in addition to prolonging traffic jams on the highway) spill over traffic to other parts of the city, which will be forced to respond with similar measures (as in the case of parking zones). So it is definitely not a conceptual solution. However, this is undoubtedly the next step in Prague’s fight against passenger cars.