Bělohorská Street to be renovated

A proposal to add more trees and widen streets is moving forward

The city is renovating Bělohorská Street, which connects the Bílá Hora and Malovanka areas, and the new plan will slightly reduce parking but open up the space for pedestrians. The concept, proposed last year, has now been evaluated by the public and the Prague 6 district. The renovation could take place in 2018.

Some parts of the plan are not yet determined, but overall the plan will make the road safer for cyclists and add over 100 trees as well as benches. With the introduction of new paring zones, the number of parking spots should decrease by just seven.

The biggest change will be filling in the underpass at Malovanka as according to Prague 6 authorities it is seldom used. This will increase the space on the surface of Malovanka.

New areas for benches are proposed for near Břevnov Monastery, Drinopol and the Marjánka elementary school. The widened areas will also be suitable for restaurants to add outdoor seating.

Sidewalks will be paved with small cobblestones, like the ones used in the city center, and stairs will be repaired. Streets will also be made wheelchair accessible, and more places to cross will be introduced.

What will happen to the tram loop at Pod Královkou and Dlabačov has not been decided, and there may be an architectural competition to find a solution for the space.

Prague 6 asked for an additional tram stop near a clinic, but City Hall denied the request, as it would interrupt the regular spacing between stops.

The overall intent of the plan is to fix problems with traffic flow while making the area more inviting for the inhabitants who live there, and to make the area more attractive to shops and businesses.

The plan to make the area more geared toward pedestrians and cyclists falls in line with trends across Europe and North America to make cities more livable for people, with cars given less emphasis. In he past, cars and where to put them took priority over the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. That has been changing in recent decades. Currently 54 percent of people live in cities and by 2050 some 66 percent will live in urban areas. Young people in Western cities are also buying fewer cars and relying more on public transportation.

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