“Critical Mass” of Costumed Cyclists Crowd the Streets

Locals welcome the return of Spring on wheels

By Marcia Caceres

Despite a limited number of bike paths and safety worries by Prague cyclists, the number of cyclists using bikes as a chief mode of transportation has doubled according to a recent survey commissioned by Prague City Hall. Around 2,000 people attended this years rainy Spring Critical Mass Bike Ride on April 20.

The event is organized by Auto*Mat, an organization that aims to improve the quality of urban transport and public spaces in Prague. The bi-annual event aims to raise awareness of the need for infrastructure improvements in the city. Those who attended the bike ride represent a post-communist generation interested in “expressing their freedom,” said by Labo Kopriva Nettle, a Critical Mass participant. Despite the enthusiasm of the riders, the Czech Republic is still behind at least one post-communist country in cycling-friendly initiatives, in contrast to neighboring Hungary, where more than 80,000 cyclists joined a Budapest Critical Mass Ride on April 21.

Marcia Caceres is in the NYU Class of 2015, majoring in Journalism and Anthropology. Her hometown is Bogota, Colombia.


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Categories: News, Spring 2013 Issue Number 2

Author:The Prague Wandering

The Prague Wandering is an NYU based study abroad webzine- the only one of its kind. It focuses on issues in contemporary Czech culture and the city of Prague, exploring beyond the study abroad bubble.


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