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.
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?