This week is European Mobility Week, and today is International Car Free Day. In the Czech capital, you can celebrate at Prague 5’s usually-congested Štefánikova street, which will today be closed to car traffic.
To honor European Mobility Week, the European data commission Eurostat has released a nifty infographic based on a 2015 survey that asked residents of 80 cities across Europe how they got to work, and what they thought of their city’s public transport options.
In Prague, a whopping 67% of respondents reported that they got to work by public transport, ranking third across Europe behind only Paris (80%) and Vienna (73%).
For comparison, 52% of London residents reported that they got to work via public transport; the number was 46% in Bratislava.
46% of Prague residents reported that they drove to work (respondents were allowed to choose more than one option), 36% reported that they walked to work, and a meager 4% reported that they took a bike to work.
The city’s lack of good cycling infrastructure and segregated bike lanes might have something to do with that last statistic.
But so might its excellent public transport: why bike when Prague’s public transport of metro, trams, buses, and even ferries is so expansive and affordable (at 3,650 crowns, or roughly $170, for a yearly pass, it’s also among the cheapest in Europe.
When the survey asked residents how satisfied they were with their city’s public transport, Prague again came out on top: 86% of Praguers reported that they were happy with public transport in the Czech capital, topped only by Vienna at 95% and Helsinki at 93%.
Check out the Eurostat infographic below for more interesting figures; the complete results of the survey can be found at their website.