Amsterdamize In Budapest Report

23/10/2008 00:05 by Amsterdamize

Photo by Gabemac.

Photo by Gabemac.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to rent a bike and vlog a Bicycle TV episode, as other things got in the way, activities for which I had traveled there in the first place. This involved long days (and nights) on the town, geeking out and just socializing with friends I mostly talk to through the interwebs. I know you’ll understand and forgive me.

This didn’t prevent me from being an astute observer from the sidewalks of this interesting city.

Bike parking, Club Szimpla.

Bike parking, Club Szimpla.

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.

Photo by Gabemac.

Photo by Gabemac.

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.





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