Budapest’s many parks are ideal for teaching kids how to ride a bike. Some even have special circuits with signs showing how to follow the Highway Code. Here are five great suggestions across the city, from Csepel to Zugló, where youngsters can develop their road skills.
Cycle City at Iskola tér on Csepel island was renovated in 2018. This mini
version of larger traffic circuits is ideal for smaller ones, as there are also
toy car parks and petrol stations for pitstops and refuelling. It's a 10-15min walk from the terminus of the Csepel HÉV train.
District XVIII Transport Park
Transformed from an old car park in District XVIII, the
Transport Park on the corner of Teleki utca and Aranyeső utca features special toy
vehicles as well as plenty of road signs and traffic lights. There are wooden
buses, trains and planes, so children can travel on land, water and air. Every
vehicle contains removable parts, such as steering wheels and propellers, which
make activities even more exciting.
Hermina Bike Park
At last, here’s a sports park not specifically designed
with lights and signs but where children can practise various skills linked to
transport. On the bike path along Szilas stream, heading towards Lake Naplás,
at the junction of Hermina út and Szlovák út near City Park, a cross-country cycle
route allows riders to practise over bumps of various degrees of difficulty.
There’s also a mini track for the little ones, a relaxed, comfortable course for
the more experienced, and an extreme track for the advanced. You can also pump
up your tyres. If you get hungry, Kalóz Burger can be reached over a small
bridge across the stream.
Road signs are dotted around this small park, while the
lack of traffic lights is compensated by a tractor, a nest swing and a small
fire engine, which kids can slide down. These are recommended for the younger
ones – older siblings can burn off energy around the running track or try the outdoor gym nearby.
You’ll find Budapest’s oldest and largest cycle course at City Park, in the area between the former Transport Museum and the renovated Millennium House.
With the help of traffic signs and intersections, young cyclists can become
acquainted with the basic code of the road. There are working traffic lights, a
railway crossing, a section where the road narrows and a large roundabout. Nearby,
at the renovated sport park, a track allows more experienced riders to develop
their skills. And there are plenty of places for refreshments afterwards, from Pántlika to Picnic Garden.