More parking zones planned

The areas where people can park for free continue to shrink

Prague 5, 6 and 8 will be expanding their parking zones this year due to parking problems at the edges of the existing areas, according to City Hall and district spokespersons.

Prague 5 and 6 introduced some parking zones in August 2016, and Prague 8 joined in October.

Prague 6 spokesman Martin Churavý says the district has already identified Staré Vokovice, Bořislavka and Petřín as places that would be included in new parking zones. These are at the edges of existing parking zones. The expansion will occur in the coming months, and a new Park and Ride lot may be built. Eventually, the Prague 6 district wants to have its whole area covered by parking zones, but that won't occur before 2018.

Similarly, Prague 5 eventually plans to have its whole territory covered by parking zones. But for the coming year the district is looking at expanding zones to Smíchov, Košíře and parts of Barrandov, according to Prague 5 spokeswoman Helena Šmídová. The district is also considering a new Park and Ride lot at Košíře in an area sometimes called Poštovka.

Prague 8 announced an expansion of parking zones at the beginning of February. The expansion will be at Kobylisy, Střížkov and part of the Ďáblice housing project. These could take effect at the end September or start of October.

Zones were also proposed last year for parts of Prague 4 and 9 but have not yet been implemented.

Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek previously said that the parking zones need to make sense from a perspective of transport for the entire city, and the city also needs to have places where people coming from outside the city can leave their cars. The Central Bohemia region has been critical of the expansion of parking zones as many residents commute to work in the city.

The whole city should come under one parking plan sometime in 2018, and pricing policies and monitoring systems can become more coordinated, Dolínek said.

Zones for paid parking in Prague began in 1996 with part of the Prague 1 district. Since then, the rest of Prague 1 has entered the system as well as Prague 2, 3 and 7. There are also parking zones in Prague 13, 16 and 22, as well as Prague 5, 6 and 8.

Residents in areas with parking zones have to register their cars with the city district and pay an annual fee. Other marked areas allow for nonresidents to pay for hourly parking.

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