Today on April 14, the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic voted in favour of bigger protection of cyclists on the roads. 67 out of the 102 present deputies (the number was lowered due to the Covid-19 pandemic) approved the proposal laid before the Chamber by Petr Dolínek of the Czech Social Democratic Party. Only two deputies voted against the motion. Road users will have to give 1.5 meters of space to cyclists while overtaking, 1 meter in areas with the maximum speed of 30 kph.
A somewhat heated debate preceded the acceptance of the proposal. Some of the deputies based their arguments on their own experience of sharing the road.
“Our club is divided in opinions,” admitted the former Minister of Justice Helena Válková of the governmental party ANO. “However, it works in other countries and the cyclists deserve us to be considerate.”
“It is an easy, predictable method, tried and tested in other countries,” said Ondřej Profant, a deputy for the Czech Pirate Party.
The law will only come into effect after the Senate’s approval and the president’s signing. However, no obstructions from their side are expected. Let’s hope the law will make roads safer for everyone.
Stay on the safe side!