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Govt Spox: Suspension of Budapest Bike Sharing Service ‘Not Timely’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.11.07.

The upgrade of Budapest’s bike sharing service Mol Bubi is necessary, but the suspension of the service should have not been timed for the upcoming months, the government spokeswoman said on Friday.

Alexandra Szentkirályi reacted to the Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) announcing on Wednesday Mol Bubi’s suspension as of Nov. 29.

“Next year, a new bike sharing service that meets evolving urban transport needs will be made available,” BKK said.

Public Bicycle Share Scheme MOL Bubi to Get Revamp Next Year
Public Bicycle Share Scheme MOL Bubi to Get Revamp Next Year

The public bicycle sharing scheme MOL Bubi will be revamped next year, with the introduction of a new smartphone app, bikes that are easier to pedal, and a more flexible pricing system among the planned changes, the Budapest transport centre BKK said on Friday. BKK and the municipal council have decided to improve the operation […]Continue reading

Szentkirályi said on Facebook that the government had implemented several measures, including ones that affect public transport, to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus infections. Those measures are aimed at reducing the instances of human contact, she said, adding that this objective could also be served by alternative means of transport like bicycles.

“This is particularly true to big cities where several millions of people live, work, do shopping and use public transport,” Szentkirályi said.

“Mol Bubi is very popular in Budapest, having been used by some 100,000 people back in the spring,” she said, adding that the service contributed to reducing crowds on public transport.

Featured photo via MOL BuBi- Facebook