As MTI reported, in 2018, the government involved Magyar Közút Nonprofit Zrt. in the maintenance of the domestic cycling network. In recent years, a total of 1,036 kilometers of cycle paths have been entrusted to the company, typically from municipalities. The company is responsible for the operation and maintenance of sections parallel to main roads or core network sections outside built-up areas.
By building on its network of engineers and specialists, the road manager is able to maintain the cycle paths in the countryside to a higher and more reliable standard.
Máriusz Révész, Government Commissioner for Active Hungary, said that 2021 was a record year for cycling; never before have so many people cycled in Hungary. He added that the condition of the national cycle routes has improved significantly, and in addition to construction and maintenance, nearly 1,000 kilometers of cycle paths are currently being planned. Cycling improvements will continue to help Hungary become one of the most liveable and healthy countries in Europe by 2030.
Tamás Schanda, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said that thanks to a significant increase in funding compared to last year, several inter-island sections of the EuroVelo 6 Danube cycle route can be renewed this year. The ministry is currently supporting the construction and preparation of around 850 kilometers of improvements with a total of HUF 50 billion.
Last year’s achievements include the construction of 60 kilometers of new cycle paths worth HUF 10 billion in investments by the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIF). Also last year, the Győr-Pannonhalma and Vámospércs-Nyírábrány links were completed, and the renovated Queen Elizabeth Tisza Bridge in Tokaj was equipped with cycle and pedestrian cantilevers.
NIF developments could see the delivery of nearly 120 kilometers of cycle paths in 2022, more than last year and the year before combined. With the continuous expansion of the national network, cycling will now be more comfortable and safer in all parts of the country.
József Attila Szilvai, CEO of Magyar Közút Nonprofit Zrt., said that the experience of the past years shows that the condition of cycle paths has greatly improved with the uniform, nationwide management. According to our latest traffic census, on average, 17 percent more people cycle on weekends and a quarter to a third more on weekdays.