Police To Enforce Segway Ban In Prague

Keep your Segway in the suburbs! That is a clear message sent by Prague City Council which claims tourists on the two wheel vehicles are making the city unsafe for pedestrians.

Alleged protests from residents over the misbehavior of people riding Segways on Prague’s narrow cobbled sidewalks prompted city officials to approve the ban in July.

But despite the fact that it is officially in effect since August, the ban had not been enforceable due to missing traffic signs. Authorities now claim to have changed that as more than 600 Segway no-entry signs have been placed around the edges of the Segway-free area.

Starting today, anyone failing to comply with the regulation by operating a self-balancing vehicle in the prohibited area can face a fine up to 2 000 CZK.

Segway ban sign | Photo courtesy of Jan Uruba, The Czech Journal

Segway ban sign | Photo courtesy of Jan Uruba, The Czech Journal

Installation of the signs highlighting the ban cost the city 3.7 million CZK.

According to the spokesman Jan Čihák, during the first day, the Mannuncipal Police of Prague has already dealt with multiple violations relating to the use of Segways in the banned area. In two cases, the riders were foreign nationals who were given symbolic fines of 100 CZK, which amounts to less than four euros.

Segway ban sign | Photo courtesy of Jan Uruba, The Czech Journal

Segway ban sign | Photo courtesy of Jan Uruba, The Czech Journal

A city-issued map below shows that the ban affects the entire area of Prague 1, the New Town district of Prague 2, Zizkov in Prague 3, most of Prague 4, the Holesovice district in Prague 7 including the Stromovka Park, and the Karlin district of Prague 8.

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