Ignite Budapest #1 - Bicycling as Transport

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Greg Spencer presents "Bicycling as Transport" at Ignite Budapest #1, at Treehugger Dan's Cafe and Bookstore, Budapest, Hungary, 28 May 2009.

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Ignite Budapest #1 - Bicycling as Transport

  1. Cycling
  2. NGOs are pushing for a greener transport solution for Budapest <ul><li>Focus is on noisy, unpleasant thoroughfares </li></ul><ul><li>Greening would involve: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more bike lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wider sidewalks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more frequent bus runs, more bus lanes </li></ul></ul>Kossuth Lajos utca
  3. Last week, City Hall proposed one-month trial for green transport <ul><li>Pitched as experiment with “artificial traffic jams” </li></ul><ul><li>Lanes on big arteries would be closed to cars and opened to … </li></ul><ul><li>cyclists and pedestrians and in some cases … </li></ul><ul><li>Parked cars?? </li></ul>
  4. Surprise result: nobody wanted traffic jams <ul><li>MDF gave Mayor Demszky “dork award” ( birka d íj ) </li></ul><ul><li>Public transport NGO said it was poorly planned </li></ul><ul><li>This week: City Cabinet voted it down </li></ul>Imre Ikvai-Szabó
  5. Q: Can Budapest grow cycling without infringing on cars? <ul><li>“ There are very few areas where you won’t have conflicts: either with car traffic, parked cars, pedestrians or green spaces. So you have to decide.” </li></ul>Q: Not really. -- Bal ázs Tôkés, Budapest Cycling Affairs Officer
  6. Q: Do we WANT to grow cycling without infringing on cars? <ul><li>Air pollution from cars — NO X </li></ul>Source: Orsz á gos L égszennyezettségi Merôhalozat < http://www.kvvm.hu/olm/results.php?id=4>
  7. And Worst Is Yet to Come … <ul><li>Car traffic increased 30.4% 1990-2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Upward trend foreseeable future </li></ul>
  8. Serious pedestrian accidents in last 30 days http://www.police.hu/mapdisplay/orsz.html
  9. Q:How can Budapest grow cycling? A: By taking a cue from Paris <ul><li>Paris has a similar cycling background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little historic tradition of everyday cycling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horrible traffic, high incidence of pollution alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dense population </li></ul></ul>
  10. In 1995, Paris started building cycling from the ground up <ul><li>By 2007, the city had built 399.3 km cycling lanes and paths , half of which are separated from both foot and vehicle traffic </li></ul>Metro park-and-ride shelter Street parking racks Bike lane with car parking on opposite curb
  11. Paris’s second cycling mayor openly confronted car culture <ul><li>“ I will fight, with all the means at my disposal, against the harmful, ever-increasing and unacceptable hegemony of the automobile.” </li></ul>Mayor Betrand Delanoë
  12. Pro-cycling, anti-car measures <ul><li>Opening streets to cyclists and pedestrians on weekends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already succeeded on Margit h íd, Lanchíd and Pesti rakpart </li></ul></ul>THE PLAGE -- For roads along the Seine PARIS BREATHES -- Selected streets throughout the city
  13. Pro-cycling, anti-car measures GREEN ZONES: 30 kph speed limit, restricted through traffic, cyclists free to occupy carriageway
  14. Pro-cycling, anti-car measures <ul><li>Taking away lanes from motorists and giving them to cyclists and/or public transport </li></ul>
  15. After nine years of cycling investment: Bike trips up ...
  16. In 2007, Velib bike-sharing system launched <ul><li>World’s largest free city bike rental scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced in 2007, with plans for approx. 1,500 stations and 20,000+ bicycles </li></ul>
  17. Result of Velib: Bike trips grow another…
  18. Budapest to get bike sharing by 2011 <ul><li>800-1,200 bikes (5% as big as Velib) </li></ul><ul><li>Would cover only downtown at first </li></ul><ul><li>However, systems have failed where infrastructure is lacking … </li></ul>
  19. Conclusions <ul><li>Bike use will increase if city makes right investments </li></ul><ul><li>In tight urban spaces, you can’t build proper cycling infrastructure without taking space from cars </li></ul>
  20. ELTIS: European Local Transport Information Service <ul><li>Case Studies on: </li></ul><ul><li>Utility bicycling </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating cycling and public transport </li></ul><ul><li>Other innovative approaches to environmentally friendly local transport </li></ul>www.eltis.org

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