Contact & Activities

Participating city

1.800.000 inhabitants

Local contact

BKK Centre for BudapestTransport
Csordás Orsolya
Rumbach Sebestyén u. 19-21.
1075 Budapest

Participation 2011

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
Sept.16.The Day of Public Transport - Zigzag Race around the Downtown, to highlight the advantages of public transport againts of private car use.

Sept17-18. Car-free Weekend on the Andrassy Avenue. Colorful sport, cultural events: TeARTrum Open-air season opener festival of 36 theatres. Formule ENERGIA 2.0 Race of clean vehicles. - GreenTEX exhibition of environfriendly products and service providers. - A huge promenade by closing the main roads of the city from Buda-side to the City Park, with 3 connecting events: Bridge of Sciences (on the Lanchid, Chain Bridge), Care-free Andrassy Corso and National Galopp (a horse-race on the Heroe's sqare)

Sept.19. Parking Day. Starts with a NGO action, civil activists occupie a parkplace, covering it by green grass and garden forniture; the activists suggest drivers to use the underground garages instead of occupation of streets. The garages offer 50% reduced fees for drivers during the EMW.

Sept.20. 'Travel Eco-Smart - alternative mobility'. A conference on the key issues of the transportation in Budapest. A special workshop on BuBi, the citybike rental system, coming soon in Budapest. The venue will be the Budapest University of Technology.

Sept.21. The Day of Pedestrianised Streets. The site of the event is Lovohaz street, a real success story of pedestrianisation. Performances of independent theatres on and around the stage in the street. A press breakfast and discussion about the reconstruction and re-allocation of road of the biggest place of Buda side (Szell Kalman ter). The site of the breakfast is the terrace of a museum-caffé in Lovohaz street, where a tango milonga will be held in the evening in the street.

Sept.22. European Car-free Day. The Alkotmany street in front of Parliament will be closed for traffic an open for pedestrian and bikers. The Members of Parliament and Government will be invited to walk and bike here. The Parliament will set up a bike-rental here and will be an origin of bike-tours in the city. The ceremony of undersigning of the EU supporting treatment of BuBi city bike will be held in the street. This will be origin of Critical Mas bikers demonstration too at the end of the day.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
A huge, 4.5 km long pedestrian zone wil be formed by connecting the streets of the E-W axle of Pest side (Lanchid - Jozsef A. street - Andrassy Avenue - Hosok tere - Varosliget)
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
Public transport services
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
  • Development of new technologies to improve public transport
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Use of clean vehicles
Freight distribution
  • New regulations for freight distribution
Mobility management
  • Create/establish mobility centers and on-line information services (eg travel planner)
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns