When we were in Milan recently, I admired the fact that they had bicycle stations around the city where you could rent a bike and return it to another bike station in a different part of the city. This certainly cuts down on car traffic while taking away some of the risk of having your bike stolen.
For years, I have seen this in major cities and wondered why they didn’t have something similar in Budapest. Well, they soon will. Starting in 2013, there will be 58 bike stations on the Pest side of the river and 15 on the Buda side. Grand total, there will be 1,000 bikes. Stations are to be placed 300-500 meters apart for an easy pick-up and drop-off. The first five minutes will be free. One station will be on Margaret Island. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out the innumerable bike rental shops around the city. If they had a SPOKESperson, we could ask how they intend to ‘pedal‘ their services in the future.