To celebrate European Mobility Week and International Car Free Day, one of Prague’s busiest streets will be closed to automobile traffic this Friday, September 22, from 8:00 to 20:00.
Last year, central Prague’s busy Národní street was closed to cars for Car Free Day. This year, a similarly-congested motorway across the Vltava river will close down.
Štefánikova, which stretches from the Anděl metro station to Újezd street in Malá Strana, is set to go car-free during business hours this Friday.
The event will feature workshops and talks on bike sharing, and alternative modes of transport, which includes a presentation on a unique electric city car.
While Štefánikova will be closed to cars, the street won’t be entirely pedestrian-friendly: trams and buses will still be running through the area.
Events to celebrate European Mobility Week will also take place throughout Prague in the days leading up to Car Free Day, and include a presentation about new tram lines today at Karlovo náměstí and an interactive program this Thursday at the Czech Police Museum.
Intended to highlight alternative methods of transportation throughout major European cities, European Mobility Week has been held since 2002.
International Car Free Day, or World Car Free Day, has been developed for decades but gained traction in the 2000s and now coincides with European Mobility Week. Last year, Prague celebrated its first official Car Free Day.