Biking in Budapest
Riding the bicycle is getting more and more popular in Budapest, as it is an element of sustainable development, it helps our body to develop as well, while it is healthy.Since it is not a seasonal activity anymore, the big cities of Europe cannot neglect the bikers, therefore they are wisely trying to integrate them to the everyday traffic by constructing the key elements for them. We looked into the case in Budapest.
We can find different types of bicycle roads in Budapest. There are the cycle paths, which are separated from the main road, and either there are paths on both sides of the main road next to it, or there is a path only on one side. We can find bike lanes as well, when the main road is shared between the cars and cyclists. There are some cases, when the pavement is shared with pedestrians as well. It could be separated or not, but it is marked with signs and a yellow marker as well every time.
It is a little bit different from the others, when the bike lane is the same as the bus lane.
Bicycles are required to have a white light on the front and a red light at the back. They need to be able to work at the same time. These lights must be between 35 and 90 centimeters high from the ground.
Every bike need to have at least one reflector on the front wheel, which has the color of lime; and the bike must have two separate working brakes.
It is surprising, but a bell is not only suggested, it is mandatory to have one. It is suggested to wear reflecting clothes (out of the cities and during the nights it is mandatory) and a helmet (out of the cities).
Where bicycle lanes are provided, riders must use them whenever practicable. If there are no possible lanes, bikers can use the non-separated routes on the pavement, but the bikers must be careful around pedestrians, and they are not allowed to ride faster than 10 kilometers per hour.
Unlike some urban legends would say, riders are allowed to enter pedestrian zones, they are not. Only if certain signs say, that they can.
In 2012 a 1 km long bicycle lane was built on Andrássy Street, and unusually they didn’t place it next to the yard, but next to the parking cars. Before that bikers were in danger because of those cars, which wanted to turn right, and because of those people, who got out from the parking cars. The solution they used is the popular European standard, so this is one of the most advanced bike road in Budapest. We can join this, when we are coming from the Parliament Kossuth Square’s bike road, then go along to Heroes’ Square, and finally end up in the City Park, which is a heaven for riders.
Apart from this, the bicycle lane on Thököly Street is important, because in 2009 it was groundbreaking.
The Fővinform’s bicycle road map and the utvonalterv.hu‘s bicycle option could be very useful to plan our bike route in the city before we leave for our destination.