Motorbikes and e-scooters to be allowed in Prague's bus lanes

The new ruling, estimated to come into force in spring 2023, is designed to reduce traffic queues and increase safety.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 02.01.2023 15:51:00 (updated on 02.01.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

Starting this spring, motorcyclists and riders of electric scooters in Prague will be able to use all of the capital’s public transport lanes, Prague Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr told ČTK today.

The 66 kilometers of dedicated lanes for public transport – used predominantly by buses – are intended to ease congestion among other factors.

"Allowing motorcycles in bus lanes will not only increase the safety of motorcyclists, but also benefit them. This benefits the city because motorbikes take up much less public parking space than cars," said Scheinherr.

According to the Czech Road Administration Office, the comparability of the speed of motorcycles to buses means that the flow of bus traffic will be unaffected by the new measure. “Negative impacts are not expected,” it wrote.

At present, non-authorized vehicles in designated public transport lanes face a fine of up to CZK 2,000.

The move is designed to prevent risky overtaking and will also protect cyclists from motorcyclists switching lanes.

The ruling may also come as a relief to some pedestrians who have voiced frustration over electric scooters being used on sidewalks. According to spokesperson for Prague’s medical rescue services Jana Poštová, medical emergency services attended 92 incidents involving e-scooters in the first half of 2022, as iDnes reports.

According to the Czech Statistical Office, about 17,500 traffic accidents were reported in Prague in 2021, almost 50 per day. Across the whole country, 3,130 traffic accidents involving motorcyclists were reported in 2021, along with 78 fatalities.

The city management is now waiting for the decision to become legally binding before the changing of road and traffic signs.

Following the addition of over 4 kilometers of public transport lanes in 2022, Prague’s city administration plans to continue creating new lanes in 2023, which – with help of this new ruling – should speed up traffic and boost safety.

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