Mayors of Europe has named Prague’s representative among its top 5 of 2021, citing Hřib’s efforts in mobility, cultural events, infrastructure, and more.
“From mobility, culture events, climate action, infrastructure, and energetics projects, 2021 can surely be described as another successful year for mayor Hřib. With his hard work and clear vision, Prague will surely continue to develop itself in all directions,” states the website.
Hřib has been the Mayor of Prague since 2018. He focuses on sustainability, smart city solutions, data-driven city management, transparency and human rights advocacy.
Smart city solutions for Prague
In 2021, Prague approved an action plan for the further smart development. Smart Prague 2030 provides a comprehensive overview of the planned projects in the Smart City field, which will be implemented by different city organizations and the capital city of Prague itself by 2030.
Reviving businesses and tourism after lockdown
In 2021, a new platform called DoToho! (engl. Go on!) was established in the Czech Republic. Its mission is to revive the businesses of SMEs with the help of entrepreneurs, managers and other domestic experts.
Hřib is one of the sponsors of DoToho! platform, which is part of the Prague innovation strategy. Companies with a turnover of CZK 3 million to 300 million and at least three employees could apply for free mentoring help and consultations. It is not intended just for the companies affected by the Covid pandemic, but for all those that are currently struggling.
Prague’s infrastructure projects in 2021
This year saw the city of Prague launching a pilot project for all those who possess Lítačka transport pass, allowing them to use shared bikes for 15- minute time periods up to four times a day.
Moreover, Prague approved a proposal to build over 750 electric vehicle charging stations over the next four years.
Another important infrastructure project happened in May when Mr. Hřib signed a memorandum on preparing the construction of the railway link from the Veleslavín metro stop to Václav Havel Airport.
Fighting the climate change in Prague
Prague joined the Cities Race to Zero initiative. Their commitment is clear: the emissions must be cut in half by 2030. Cities are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases and cutting them for 50%, global warming target below 1,5 degrees Celsius will be achieved.
Another great way for climate change fight is planting more greenery in the city. In 2019, Prague set a goal of planting a million new trees on its territory within eight years. For now, they have already planted 407,963 new trees which can be found in emerging forest parks, city parks, orchards, and in the streets of the city.