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On your bike!

Cycling in Prague itself is not very popular because the city is not designed for this. Indeed, traffic is heavy and there are few bicycle lanes. Prague has only 60 kilometres (37 miles) of bike lanes, few of them are in the centre. Besides, there is an excellent public transport system.
Regarding parking spaces for bikes, there are almost non-existent! Ironically, according to a rider, the best place to park a bike is against the barriers that are designed to keep pedestrians from interfering with the car traffic.
Another thing to know, if one wants to take its bike on public transport, it is only possible to carry it by metro or by train. Indeed if you want to travel within the country, the bike transport is possible in about 50% of trains on all biggest lines.

In the countryside

Despite that cycling is not popular in Prague, most of the rest of the country is suitable for biking, the landscape, with its forests, ponds, small villages (Tabor, Litomerice, Slavonice etc), castles (for ex. Pernstejn in South Moravia) etc..., is nice. You will see unusual birds flying over peaceful fields, you will ride through aromatic meadows, and you will taste fine Moravian wines and vigorous Czech beers, and listen to concerts and festivals of high quality and entertaining.
As Southern Bohemia is flat it is a good region for cycling, and there are many castle to visit notably, the water castle Cervena Lhota and the castle in the town Jindrichuv Hradec. We also recommend you to go to the Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelena Hora and to the small town, Cesky Krumlov, which are both in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The border with Germany is pretty hilly, and the rest of the country is more or less varied. 
For passionate, the Prague-Vienna Greenways (also known as the Czech Greenways) is the best journey. It goes from Vienna to Prague through Kutna Hora (an old town, in the Middle Ages of about the same importance as Prague, with a nice gothic cathedral and some other nice monuments) and Telc. These two small towns with historical centre are included in the UNESCO world heritage list.
The Prague-Vienna Greenways bike route is a part of the larger bike trail system in the Czech Republic. The terrain varies from flat to rolling hills, through open fields, wooded areas and small villages, along rivers and lakes. This jaunt lasts appreciatively 8 days and you will travel on roads with little or no traffic.
Near Prague you can go, by bike, to visit a castle called Karlstejn from middle Ages, very crowed in summer.

In Prague

Cycling is emerging as a popular entertainment, and the network of cycle tracks is growing. During the weekend you will also often see bike club members riding south from Prague and others on mountain bikes will be heading south and west to the forests.
In summer, there are nice places to ride a bike such as Brevnov (at the end of the number 18 tram). One can also go to the Pruhonice Park where you would get the metro to Chodov and cycle the 4km to the park.
For beautiful rides and more tricky terrain you have to use the train to get down to Sumava.

Even if there are few bike hiring agencies, the hotels and hostels can provide you the address of the closest rentals.
A last thing: be sure to lock both your frame and tyres!

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