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.
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The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.