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Nowadays cycling is getting really popular in Hungary. Budapest is the capitol of the country and there is a huge bike boom for years now. Every summer ten thousands of new bikers appears on the streets. Unfortunately in the countryside cycling is still something that poor people do, with some exceptions. For example Szeged is famous for its bikers.

But let me show you some pictures:

Critical mass was held twice a year in Budapest, until 2013, because as the organizers said, they've achieved the critical mass, and there is no need for movements like this anymore. :)



Sad thing is that the construction of bike infrastructure doesn't follow the needs of citizens, so it is still a serious issue, but due to the increasing level of tolerance, the number of accidents is decreasing compared to the number of bikers.



Luckily the most important destination in bycicle tourism, Lake Balaton's bycicle infrastructure, is getting better and better, and in a few years there will be a new bycicle road between Budapest and Balaton.



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Bicycle sharing systems in Hungary

BuBi (Budapest)

Following the trends all over the world, Budapest will also join the list of cities with bike-sharing systems.
In the first phase there will be 76 docking stations and 1100 bicycles which are made by Nextbike. The IT system is made by T-Systems, but the complexity of the system, for example it will be possible to pay with smartphones, causes the delay of the project. It should have opened in April 2014, but it won't until September 2014. T-Systems has already apologized twice and admitted their fault.





The project costs ~3 million €, 85% financed by the EU. The yearly running cost is ~850 000 €, and ~250 000 € will be paid by MOL (Hungarian Oil Company), that's why the official name is MOL BuBi.

http://www.bkk.hu/bubi/mol-bubi/

CityBike Szeged

12 docking stations and 100 bicycles.



http://www.citybikeszeged.hu/en

EBI (Esztergom)

The first bike-sharing system in Hungary. It has 6 docking stations and 60 bicycles, nothing serious, developed by Neuzer.



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Budapest based Hajtás Pajtás (bike messenger company) is testing cargo e-bikes. Video here. They're cycling up on a hill at 25km/h. It costs 0.16 €/100 km. The purpose of cargo bikes is to replace cars in the downtown.
 

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The infrastructure

Standard bicycle path, yellow lines, etc.:

Eurovelo 11







Bicycle lanes:











Bus lanes shared with bicycles:









Bicycle "track". It means that you (car driver) can expect a cyclist on the road, but cyclists don't have to follow the track, they can use every part of the road:







 

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Bicycle safety: in some one-way streets of Budapest it is allowed for cyclists to use the streets in both directions, even though there are oblique parkings on the two side of the roads. In this case the car drivers must reverse parking to the parking lot.



Is it common in other cities too?
 
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