The Hungarian Cycling Club’s 2022 Bike to Work is all about misconceptions! campaign. In May, together with the many thousands of bikers who were offered breakfast, we refuted the idea of not being able to go to work by bicycle, and in July we will show you how the following misconception falls into the dust of the (bike) road:
I live too far away, I have to drive!
Do I have to? Indeed? Yet when driving a car, we also have to take a series of inconveniences and burdens around our own necks while hanging another pile of worries around the necks of society and Mother Earth.
Who hasn’t been sitting on needles in the driver’s seat wasting time in a traffic jam? Who hasn’t scratched his head because of the rising price of petrol (which has been kept artificially low since the end of last year, but there are already people who are letting it go). Who wouldn’t have stuttered on pothole roads despite rising tolls? Who wouldn’t have worried about how much your next wallet, technical exam, compulsory insurance will dampen your wallet? Who wouldn’t have been sanctified when he or she wandered around for a minute near his or her destination to get a parking space (obviously at least three corners away) or when he saw a package of Santa Claus under a wiper in one of the ever-increasing number of new parking fee zones?
Oh, and who hasn’t felt at least a little remorse for riding the fire of the refined remains of animals and plants that lived millions of years ago, chasing his fellow human beings to the lung doctor with combustion products, financing the world empire dreams of dictators glowing in the heat of war, and
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And how much easier it is to hop on a bike, spin your legs a little, freshen up your blood, swallow fresh air in large sips, and let the tide gently squeeze tiny tears out of your eyes without all the nervousness, worry, and remorse discussed above. The benefits of cycling are many, we also picked out a dozen arguments recentlyfrom losing excess weight, sparing the climate and the joy of discovery to sleeping well.
This is where the question of the distance already stretched above comes into play. Many have moved to districts further away from work, or to the catchment area of the town, in the hope of a cheaper, closer to nature, quieter life. They often have to travel longer distances than they would like to cycle.
However, they do not have to give up the myriad benefits of biking, worry-free commuting to work, school or just doing business. The key to this carefree is the combination. Creative combination of different travel modes:
- by bike, train and again (community or second) bike,
- by bike, tossing it on the train, then getting back in the saddle after landing,
- by bike, bus and electric scooter,
- on foot, by HÉV and bike, or just the other way around, or mixed (shaken?), but definitely in a captivating variety.
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And there are more and more opportunities for combining, as convenient and safe bicycle storages (B + R) are being built at the stations of suburban trains and HÉVs. Rolling here, we can moor our bikes with a calm heart to order a coffee or a pastry with a good, wide, gentle smile from the movement while the train, HÉV (or bus or other means of public transport) is running.
Last year, 1,298 such B + R car parks were built at 26 locations, from Ceglédbercel through Sülysáp to Zebegény, from Szolnok, through Kisköre-Tiszahíd to Venice, ie not only in the catchment area of the capital. Within the framework of the program of 50 renewable stations until 2023 further developments are expected.
Most of these storages were covered, including those monitored by a camera, and were typically placed near the tracks to make the transition as easy and quick as possible. There are exceptions, of course: In Gödöllő, for example, you can park your bike inside a separate but patinated old building. MÁV has also put the suburban lines on a map, and the B + R storages next to them are available in impressive quantities:
Knowing our bike in a safe place, we can safely get on social media, where we can run through the latest news, call an old friend, dig into a book, read or send some work emails while reaching our destination almost unnoticed. Or at least so close to where you only have a few more minutes to bike, roll or walk. All this from door to door in almost the same amount of time, but definitely more convenient, cheaper and more sustainable than it would be with a car.
It is no coincidence that thousands of B + R car parks have been set up in the Netherlands at various stations and they were also researched, what was the effect. In a word, it is self-reinforcing.
Image source: Dutch Cycling Embassy / Facebook
With the establishment of B + R car parks
- they can provide a suitable alternative for those who would travel further afield, but more sustainably, typically faster and of course cheaper than by car; as public transport will also be more easily accessible to those who live further away from the station than is within easy walking distance;
- energy, air and sound pollution can be significantly reduced;
- contribute to less congestion near stops and on roads leading to them;
- the competitiveness, economic sustainability and therefore the quality of “green” (community, cycling and pedestrian) modes of transport can be improved;
- all of which opens up the spread of a car-free lifestyle, a significant improvement in the livability of cities, and a more secure fulfillment of climate protection goals.
Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.
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