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Prague forced to postpone ban on beer bikes

Prague was forced to postpone a ban on beer bikes

Prague, Czech Republic – The city of Prague has been forced to postpone its planned ban on beer bikes after a complaint was filed by the firm supplying the Beer Bike Prague company with beer.

Initially due to take effect in August, the ban has been delayed after Gwern, a brewery based in Nupaky slightly east of Prague, that supplies the Beer Bike Prague company, filed a complaint to the Czech Transport Ministry.

According to Prague deputy-mayor Adam Scheinherr (Praha Sobě), who confirmed the information on Friday, the complaint is only meant to keep the business running as long as possible. He also said he hoped the matter would be dealt with in a matter of weeks.

When municipal authorities announced the imminent ban last March, citing numerous complaints from local residents, beer bike business owners immediately vowed to fight and take legal action against the measure.

Apart from Prague, several European cities, including Amsterdam, have already introduced a ban on beer bikes in the past years.

The city of Prague, which has attracted a record 8 million tourists last year, has long attempted to restrict or ban a number of activities that residents see as a nuisance and stain on the image of the Czech capital.

A possible ban on giant animal figures and Disney character-costumed “street-artists” operating on Old Town Square and throughout the city centre could also come into effect later this year. The goal? Promote “something that is at least a little artistic, not a stupid attraction that only pollutes the public space”, according to mayor of Prague 1 district Pavel Čižinský.

Prague has also attempted to find an agreement with some bars and clubs in the city centres to limit organized pub crawls for large groups of tourists. In order to regulate the surge of “alco-tourism”, a so-called ‘night-life’ mayor was established for the first time earlier this year to regulate the excesses of late-night partying, particularly in the city centre.

“We believe that nightlife is a very important asset for the city and its inhabitants, but it is also causing a set of specific problems that need to be targeted”, the newly-appointed Jan Stern said at the time.

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