The service area of Budapest’s public bike sharing system continues to expand. The official opening ceremony of the 100th docking station which is the latest milestone of the system was held at Kolosy tér in District 3 by Balázs Bús, Mayor of the Óbuda-Békásmegyer district, Dr Kálmán Dabóczi, the CEO of BKK Centre for Budapest Transport and Domokos Szollár, the Communications Director of the MOL Group. Simultaneously with the opening of the 100th docking station, 12 new docking stations have been connected to the system and another 136 bikes have been added to the fleet of apple-green bikes, so that currently a total of 112 docking stations and 1,286 bikes are at the disposal of MOL Bubi users.
Since its launch in September 2014, the MOL Bubi public bike-sharing system has become a symbol of Budapest and today the bikes form an integral part of everyday life. During the past two years, Budapest residents and tourists alike have used the popular bicycles nearly one and a half million times travelling over 2 million kilometres, which means that they could have circled the globe along the equator 50 times.
The secret of the popularity of the public bike-sharing system is that the operators are constantly improving the service and make it accessible to an ever widening range of users in response to customer demand. In this spirit, the public bike-sharing system has been further expanded in Districts 2, 3 and 12 to new locations previously not included in the network, thus the youngest member of public transport provides a new transport option not only in the city centre, but also in areas beyond. Owing to the developments, currently 112 docking stations and 1,286 bikes in 12 Budapest districts are at the disposal of MOL Bubi public bike users.
The 100th docking station is located at Kolosy tér in District 3 and it was jointly opened by Balázs Bús, Mayor of the Óbuda-Békásmegyer district, Dr Kálmán Dabóczi, the CEO of BKK and Domokos Szollár, Communications Director of the MOL Group.
Hungarian oil company MOL, as the title sponsor, funds the project with HUF 122 million on an annual basis. Domokos Szollár, the company’s Communications Director stated: ‘’We are very pleased to be able hand over already the 100th MOL Bubi docking station to Budapest residents. At its launch, many people doubted the service would be successful and at the same time they did not comprehend why an oil company would be willing to sponsor a public bike-sharing system. Fortunately, that is not the case any longer. People love MOL Bubi and MOL’s changed role is not a novelty anymore, since the public bike system was the herald of a new era in the company’s life, an era in which MOL is not just an oil producer but a company that meets the transport and consumer needs of people on the go, be it customers of public, alternative propulsion or sharing-based transport. MOL intends to take an active part in the rediscovery of transport in the future, too.”
Dr Kálmán Dabóczi praised the merits of the environmentally friendly and safe-to-use public bike-sharing system highlighting the fact that MOL Bubi makes one think in terms of travel chains, its model and mode of operation interconnects and makes connections. The existence of MOL Bubi indicates that there is a transport alternative. If we plan a route with the BKK FUTÁR application, we not only see buses and trams, but also the number of bikes available at the MOL Bubi docking stations, so that based on real-time data the choice is offered to those who prefer to use the public bikes. This is where the 21st century, the smart city begins – declared Dr Dabóczi adding that the system is not yet fully complete: it is expected to double in size in the upcoming years. In the course of future developments, the public bike-sharing system is planned to be integrated into the automated fare-collection scheme, said the CEO.
In Óbuda, we are handling as a top priority the infrastructural developments meant to ensure safe cycling conditions along with all initiatives that aim to promote cycling – highlighted Balázs Bús, the Mayor of District 3. Mayor’s Office staff who commute to work by bike receive funding of up to HUF 8,000 per month, we have won the Bicycle-friendly Workplace Award five times, we have prepared the Óbuda Cycling Concept, distributed the Cycling Guide to 5,000 students and this year we started our free Breakfast & Bike biker breakfast programme at four locations, we organise the Tour de Óbuda cycling tour annually, furthermore a free bicycle-registration scheme has been available since September and also, district residents get a discount on bike rentals – listed the leader of the district the measures that have been taken so far. The Óbuda museum district and Óbuda as the gate to the Danube Bend have always been a destination for cycling tourists, and we trust that the new MOL Bubi docking stations will make our district even more attractive.
13 new MOL Bubi docking stations have opened at the following locations:
- Csalogány utca–Medve utca (District 2)
- Kolosy tér (District 3)
- Bécsi út–Óbudai Egyetem (District 3)
- Zsigmond tér (District 2)
- Lajos utca–Nagyszombat utca (District 3)
- Szépvölgyi út H (District 3)
- Szent Margit Kórház (District 3)
- Kiscelli utca–Zápor utca (District 3)
- Városmajor–Nyúl utca (District 12)
- Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor– Cogwheel Railway Station (District 12)
- Szent János Kórház (District 12)
- Csörsz utca–MOM Kulturális Központ (District 12)
- MOM Park (District 12)
BKK Centre for Budapest Transport)
Council of Óbuda-Békásmegyer