In the course of 2017, the city of Budapest continued to undertake a number of actions to encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport, led by the city’s Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK).
In March 2017, Budapest’s public bike sharing scheme MOL Bubi ended its winter operation. In the course of the winter, all of the scheme’s nearly 1,300 bicycles were inspected, upgraded with new grips, headlights and cabling and underwent any necessary repairs. The aim was to ensure that the attractiveness of the bicycles was maintained. In the course of 2017, 12 new docking stations were added, bringing the total number of docking stations in the city to 124. The intention is to continue to expand the number of docking stations in 2018.
The BKK also expanded its riverboat services, as part of its desire to fully integrate waterborne passenger transport into the city’s public transport system. A new pier was built at the Kopaszi-gát (Kopaszi Dam), a popular recreational area in the city. Two new boat services were introduced to connect Kopaszi-gát, which is on the River Danube to the south of the city centre, with two districts (Újpest and Rómaifürdő) on opposite sides of the river to the north of the centre.
In the summer, the Budapest’s Liberty Bridge was closed on four weekends to motorised transport. As a result, pedestrians were able to make the maximum use of the bridge in order to enjoy the sights of the Danube and Budapest’s historic buildings. During this time, the bridge was also closed to trams, which meant a slight detour for those who usually take one of the tram services that crossed the bridge.
In November 2017, a private company, GreenGo started a car sharing service in Budapest that only uses electric cars. The service opened with 45 electric cars, and intends to increase the number of cars to more than 300 based at more than 100 separate stations throughout the centre of the city. As well as directly contributing to a reduction in emissions, both of air pollutants and carbon dioxide, the presence of more electric cars on the city’s streets will help to raise the profile of electric cars. Those who use the service will also be able to experience for themselves the benefits of electric cars, particularly for driving in cities.
Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK)