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About 15,000 cyclists participated in the I bike Budapest bicycle parade on Saturday, the Hungarian Cyclists Club said, based on its own estimate and one by police.
I bike Budapest, which has been postponed for a year and a half because of the pandemic, aims to send a message to decision-makers that development projects for cyclists are worthwhile because of the scale of the demand for cycling and the long-term benefits to city living, the organisers said.
The route took cyclists on embankment roads on both sides of the Danube before entering a final stretch on the capital’s grand Andrássy Boulevard and ended in the City Park.
The event was opened by Dutch ambassador to Hungary Rene van Hell, a long-time supporter of the cycling movement in Hungary.
A representative survey conducted by the Hungarian Cyclists Club shows most Hungarians would cycle during the week, too, if there were more bike lanes and bike paths.
featured image via Balázs Mohai/MTI