Prague expats and locals take to their bikes during the pandemic

Published:  26 Jun at 6 PM
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Expats in Prague are improving their health as well as conforming to the country’s coronavirus rules.

Both expats and citizens in Prague are now looking after their health in two ways, firstly by taking the new coronavirus rules seriously and, secondly, by taking to cycling as a self-distancing, healthy way to get to work. According to the city’s government, the increase in cyclists on the roads is considerable enough to consider improving biking facilities.

After March’s state of emergency took effect and regular transport options were drastically cut, many citizens and expatriate workers took to their bikes. Cycling had actually been listed as a permitted way to exercise whilst gyms were shut, resulting in a huge 39 per cent increase of those taking the option. Weather notwithstanding, the cyclists continued to make the sensible choice.

The city’s environmentally friendly cycling-aimed infrastructure has been increasing over the past decade, with the connection of isolated cycle paths a priority. New crossings have increased safety, and new cycle lanes are being introduced regularly. The city fathers are more than happy to promote the use of bikes, even holding events offering free servicing to ensure the bikes are in running order.

According to one local politician, active transport makes for a healthy body and spirit, but is also great for the city itself, in that there’s less pollution and more community care. Cycling in Prague is being prioritised as a logical step in any modern, western city, taking into account its benefits as against using polluting cars and buses.
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