This didn’t prevent me from being an astute observer from the sidewalks of this interesting city.I’ll get right down to it. I completely understand why there is such a massive Critical Mass movement in Budapest. Aside from a few scenic bicycle routes along the Danube and some isolated cycle spots downtown, cycling there is absolutely something for dare devils.
Budapest is completely clogged up with cars, and, to use an understatement, the roads don’t exactly leave much room for pedaling. You have to share the road in a way that would make Paris look like Amsterdam. Even that is too much credit, really.
Nonetheless, its people do cycle, just not in droves as you’d hope for or in ways that would encourage others. Riding on sidewalks, even crossing the bridges while cycling close to the ramp, it’s just nuts.
Here’s what I came home with:
I’ve posted this video earlier this week, but I guessed it fits this post more, emphasizing what I took away from this vibrant city.