Cycle Cops Now In Budapest, Boo-bies Coming Soon

  • 5 Jul 2012 10:35 AM
Cycle Cops Now In Budapest, Boo-bies Coming Soon
A team of 40 police officers started a bicycle patrol operation in the capital as of yesterday. Allegedly police have been told people on bikes do sometimes have a 'strong drink' or two, but unless they look unstable peddlers shouldn’t be fined - however caution is strongly advised in that regard. This comes along with the news that Budapest plans to offer a public bike-sharing system named bubi [boo-bie], an acronym for Budapest Bicycle.

Cycle-Cops Training - photos used with permission of János László, Hungarian Cyclists' Club President..

Peddle powered police can be expected around the centre of town, on Margaret Island, and at Népliget and Római-part. Patrolling between the hours of 09.00 - 21.00, the new bike-cops are on duty mainly to police traffic offences by cyclists. And the good news for fellow bike riders is the bicycle-police will also protect the rights of all those on push-bikes.

As mentioned, Budapest plans to join the club of cities that offer public bike-sharing as part of the public transport service portfolio - before that scheme arrives the cycle-cops will have chance to get used to thier new beat as bubi [boo-bie] will only go live in 2013 - for more on that click here.

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