Frequent congestion not only indicates poor urban planning, but also generates enormous losses – in terms of both health and the economy. The costs of maintaining excessive infrastructure threaten the overall prosperity of the city. In addition, there is substantial unbuilt infrastructure, which undermines the mobility of the population. In order to maintain the prosperity of the city and its inhabitants, it is necessary to carefully and strategically consider the future planning of its transport infrastructure so as to ensure feasibility of its financing.
Status and scope of the Sustainable Mobility Plan for Prague and its Suburbs
The Sustainable Mobility Plan is being drawn up for Prague as such and for the “metropolitan area” – part of the Central Bohemian Region around the Capital City. Its objective is to provide a medium-term conceptual and strategic solution for the transport system as a whole in accordance with the principles of sustainable mobility, based on EU documents: the Action Plan on Urban Mobility (2009) and White Paper: Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system (2011).
The Mobility Plan elaborates the Strategic Plan of the Capital City of Prague for the area of transport and complies with the parameters of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). After its approval in the Council and the Assembly of the Capital City of Prague, it became the main strategic document in the area of transport for the Capital City of Prague with an overlap to the Central Bohemian Region. It thus replaced the Transport Policy Principles (approved by Resolution of the Municipal Assembly of the Capital City of Prague No. 13/21 of 11 January 1996).