Cycling Infrastructure in Slovakia

As part of our 2017 Europe cycling tour, my partner Jean and I rode through parts of Slovakia.  We would like to share some of the good cycling infrastructure which we experienced.

We rode on the Slovak side of the Danube between Estergom and Komarno and also entered Slovakia again near Bratislava. We then rode on EuroVelo 13, the Iron Curtain route, north toward the Czech Republic.

Bike routes in Slovakia have nicely spaced rest stops. This one is on EuroVelo 13 north of Bratislava.

In Bratislava, I wad riding in a painted bike lane and came across this van which was parked in the traffic lane. I was totally blown away!

 

Along the Slovak section of EuroVelo 13, there are lots of information boards. This one was about bats and is number 34 in a 50 km section of bike route.

Cycling Infrastructure in Hungary

Starting in May, 2017, my partner Jean and I did a longish bike tour between Budapest and Amsterdam. We would like to share some of the good examples of cycling infrastucturethat we encountered along the way. We srart with Hungary.

Budapest is a fairly good cycling city. On leaving the airport, we quickly encountered a path of almost cycling highway quality which lasted for about 5 km.  The path was located between a railway and a freeway, so it had few cross streets.

Rest of the 20 km route from the airport was mostly on quiet streets and on separated and on-street bike lanes.

We encountered an interesting treatment for a one way street with 2-way bike traffic. Most of the street was rougher paving stones but the two bike “lanes” were quite smooth. The bike symbols appears to be brass inlays!

Signage was quite good for the major routes.  We followed EuroVelo 6, an internatinal cycling route which extends between the Atlatic Ocean in France and rhe Black Sea. We first encoutered this route on the South side of the Danube on the western edge of Budapest. For more information on EuroVelo cycling routes please visit www.eurovelo.org .  These routes are mostly on either off road paths and quiet streets, though some bits are still along busy highways without shoulders – they don’t do shoulders in Europe, exept on freeways. EuroVelo 6 is sceduled to be completed in 2019.

Signage on EuroVelo Route 6 ln Budapest

Lots of separated paths, especially along highways. Since highwsys don’t have shoulders, amount of paved surface is about the same as a highway with shoulders but safety and convenience is improved for all users.

A nice touch in a village we passed throgh – a cyclist friendly speef bump! Why do they almost always cover the entire width of the street?