What Bike?

Potential visitors often write me asking about biking in Budapest. They want to know if it is bike friendly? Are there bike lanes everywhere? Can they easily buy a bike and sell it before they leave? Can they safely chain it up and leave it on the street while they are in a shop or museum?  I go through great pains to outline the pros and cons of bike riding here, trying with all of my might to be fair. All of the bike rental places need to earn a living too. However if I were to shorthand the answers, it would be No!, Hell, no! Are you joking with me? and for the fourth answer, I will just forward this picture below.  Let me just say that I don’t have a bike, but there was a bike chained outside the grocery store when I walked in to buy lettuce. It took me all of 8 minutes. When I returned this was what was where the bike once was.

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2 Comments

  1. In terms of biking, you are a bit mistaken, Budapest has been improving its facilities greatly, and is currently rated by the people who invented urban biking as 10th best city in the world http://copenhagenize.eu/index/index.html, being by far the best in central europe.

    There are still a few places that are tricky (Szent Kalman tér e.g.) and of course Buda side is more challenging for your fitness.

    Countryside, except around Balaton and Matra are also still work in progress.
    Incidentally i use bike in Budapest daily to commute (ca 15km) trip back and worth to work as well going around the city center.

    http://copenhagenize.eu/index/index.html

  2. In terms of biking, you are a bit mistaken, Budapest has been improving its facilities greatly, and is currently rated by the people who invented urban biking as 10th best city in the world http://copenhagenize.eu/index/index.html, being by far the best in central europe.

    There are still a few places that are tricky (Szent Kalman tér e.g.) and of course Buda side is more challenging for your fitness.

    Countryside, except around Balaton and Matra are also still work in progress.
    Incidentally i use bike in Budapest daily to commute (ca 15km) trip back and worth to work as well going around the city center.

    http://copenhagenize.eu/index/index.html

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