A friend of mine just returned from Budapest, Hungary, and brought me back a copy of The Budapest Sun with this picture was on the front page. Here is the accompanying story:
Power to the peddle people: critical mass numbers grow for the third consecutive year
April 25, 2007 — Some 50,000 Hungarians, 20,000 more than last year (and including President Là¡szlà³ Sà³lyom for the second time) participated in the Critical Mass bicycle protest ride on Earth Day 2007, Sunday, Apr 22, to promote cycling as a healthy, fast, cheap and environmentally friendly means of transport.
The organizers’ aim is to encourage the local population to use their bicycles for transportation whenever possible, and not for recreation or sports only. Critical Mass Budapest also means to influence decision makers and city planners toward creating more, and safer, bicycle paths in order to reduce traffic jams and environmental pollution in the city. Since the beginning of the protest rides in 2004, negotiations with the Budapest City Council have resulted in an increase in the length of bicycle lanes from an average of 1-2 km/year to 30km/year.
The greatest achievement so far, according to the organizers, is the fact that the number of people using their bicycles on a daily basis in Budapest has doubled for the third year in a row, a growth rate unmatched anywhere else in the world.
The frikkin’ President rides in Critical Mass! Stunning.
Now, do you think we can get our municipal politicians to bike to work during Bike Week?
Photo from The Budapest Sun credited to: MTI
Definitely check out the CM Hungary site too, the logo with mom and dad hoisting bikes with little junior below, is a classic in the making!