Sunday, April 21, 2013

Budapest Critical Mass

Ah, the weather has finally warmed up here in Budapest, just in time for the very last Critical Mass!  This is an event designed to promote bicycles as a viable and enjoyable mode of transportation in the city, and for city leaders and the general public to value the creation of bike lanes and generally sharing the road.

The start at Jaszai Mari ter, looking north.

Back in 2009 I was a witness to the event, but this year I was able to take part!  The course wound south along the river, past the parliament, across the Petofi bridge and back up the other side before crossing back over the Chain bridge and ending in the city park (Varosliget).

The start, looking south.
Official estimates had it that there were 100,000 participants this year!  Apparently this was the last one to be held here in Budapest, so I'm glad I was able to participate.

Yours truly exiting the tunnel under Buda castle hill.

At the end, all of the cyclists gather to celebrate and lift their bikes up over their heads.

The finish.

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