The city is not a never ending bubble
Until recently, all traffic plans were formed with the presumption of more traffic and an increasing number of trucks. That was the reason for widening and the creation of completely new roads. Currently, we can see the negative impact of such road expansion. Extreme noise and emissions worsen the health of citizens - people can’t even open a window for fresh air or pass across the street safely. Most of the streets are full of parked or moving cars, taking up space that people could use. If new traffic plans were adjusted for the benefit of the increasing number of cars, the space for pedestrians would have to be reduced (e.g. narrower side-walks).
The car is not an enemy, public transportation is not only for the less well off
Sustainable mobility means a change of view about traffic. It does not provide solutions for particular kinds of traffic separately, but conversely, it connects them and teaches them to work together, to respect each other. It is not sustainable to focus the development just on one traffic area. Conversely, particular kinds of traffic can work together effectively. It is possible to reach this only through a mutual dialogue and not only in the sphere of professionals for individual kinds of traffic, but also with the public.
Fine place for enjoying life
The often occurring collapses in traffic networks not only mean poor city planning but also huge losses – for health, as well as for the economy. Maintenance expenditures for oversized infrastructure are endangering the prosperity of the entire city. Besides this, plenty of non-finished infrastructure limits the mobility of citizens. To secure the prosperity of a city and its citizens, the future direction of its infrastructure needs to be assessed precisely and strategically in such a manner that it can be funded.
More than friends
There is no free space around Prague, even in the middle of the Mid-Bohemian region there isn’t a spare inch. Both regions can’t exist without wide cooperation and coordination in different areas, such as traffic, water supplies, education, and health, etc. On this basis, the Sustainable Mobility Plan is not only created for Prague, but it reaches the entire so-called metropolitan area.
The mobility plan will specify the strategic plan for Prague in the area of traffic, and will meet the parameters of the Sustainable Mobility Plan (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – SUMP). After its approval in the Council and Assembly of Prague it will become the major conceptual document in the area of traffic for the city, also reaching to the Mid-Bohemian region, and superseding the current principles of the traffic policy (approved by resolution No. 13/21 of the Municipal Assembly of Prague from January 11, 1996).