Civic initiative organizes happening to support transformation of Smetanovo nábřeží into pedestrian zone
The initiative Auto*Mat organized a happening in Prague on Tuesday to propagate the transformation of the city’s Smetanovo nábřeží street, a stretch along the river near Charles Bridge, into a pedestrian zone. Participants wore masks featuring the face of Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda and symbolically opened a pedestrian zone along the riverbank, which draws a high number of tourists every day. Auto*Mat has put up a petition to transform the stretch into a pedestrian zone online. The initiative’s Vít Matare said that Smetanovo nábřeží was an embarrassment for the Czech capital. He said that the stretch along the river featured some of the city’s most beautiful sights, yet its appeal was marred by the many cars passing through it, as well as the frequent traffic jams. He added that in 2005, then mayor Pavel Bém had pledged to curb traffic along the river.