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History and successes of the Budapest bike-movement
Transcript of History and successes of the Budapest bike-movement
How the city looked at cyclists?
In the meantime...
The Mayor of Budapest wanted to adjourn the Car Free Day (22nd September) from a weekday to Sunday in order not to disturb the transport of the city’.
'Budapest will never be Amsterdam' - he said.
A group of bicycle messengers were outraged and started to organise the first legal and peaceful
Critical Mass ride
The bicycle is
a toy or a sports equipment
'It's just disturbing the transport
<30 km dedicated
In very poor condition
Mostly on the sidewalk
use yellow paint!'
conception for development
Car Free Day '05
Tour de Voks
We demanded the implication of cycling policies
We 'kidnapped' the minister
Government commissioner for cycling
For Budapest Award
From the city council
Received for improving the transportation culture
1st New Infrastructure
2005: Separated path on the sidewalk
We didn't know what's good for safe and quick cycling
That's the minister
statistics on bike commuters
attend cycling planning
Critical Mass turns into a festival
More local advocacy
demonstrations if needed
In 2010 we held conferences:
The story of the Hungarian bicycle movement
What do we know about Budapest?
Historic city with a
failed urban transport system
2004 - 2013
Goal: More bikes on the streets!
Simple messages: 'Every road is a bike road!'
Build communities, start local activities
Don't be afraid of radical demands, but stay peaceful
Use the power of subculture, connect on social media
2005 - 2006
Be a partner
Develope your skills and advocacy
Learn from professionals
Teach urban planners and policy-makers
President joins CM
Goal: Increase cycling level
Message: Cycling is not a subculture!
Professional campaigns, thousands involved, supporting media coverage (eg. Bike to Work)
Cycling became popular and safe
Cycling level rises 50-80% yearly
Cycling is no longer a subculture
'Priorities has changed'
Companies join the hype
Changes in traffic
A Cycling Capital
mainstream bicycle culture developed from a subcultural group
not critical, it's normal
50-80% more people on bikes / year
Dávid Vitézy - CEO, Center for Budapest Transport, 2012
New road code
Design guidelines for urban planning
Bike-policy for Budapest
New state entities join too