Around 15,000 people took part in Saturday's I Bike Budapest cycling parade, which was held again after a year and a half of forced suspension, the organizing Hungarian Cycling Club told the state news agency MTI. the number of participants is based on estimates by the Club and police.
The Hungarian Cyclists' Club is sending a message to decision-makers that it is worth continuing to develop cycling-friendly facilities because there is a great demand for cycling and in the long term, it is one of the cheapest ways of creating liveable cities, the club said in a statement.
The event started at the Margaret Bridge, the march went along the embankment in Buda, then crossed the Petőfi Bridge and reached the lower embankment in Pest, on to Andrássy Avenue and the City Park where the traditional bike lift ended the event.
The parade was opened by the Ambassador of the Netherlands, René van Hell, who has long been supporting the Hungarian cycling movement.
According to a representative survey by the Hungarian Cyclists' Club, the majority of Hungarians would prefer to cycle in everyday life if more cycle lanes and cycle paths were built to support this.
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