Minimum impact, maximum fun

REC cyclists participate in Szentendre tour

July 22, 2013 | By Csaba Mezei
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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Minimal Mass participants gather on the steps of City Hall after presenting a project handbook to the vice mayor. Photo: Cecilia Fuzi

Under the Mobile2020 project, the first 'Szentendre: Minimal Mass' cycling tour took place on July 17, 2013, with 18 cycling activists and REC employees taking part. The riders paid a visit to Szentendre City Hall and presented a specially prepared Hungarian version of the official project handbook to Vice Mayor Balazs Torok. The handbook offers a comprehensive collection of material that helps municipalities to introduce urban mobility infrastructure that is biker friendly. The handbook has been adapted for use in 11 countries.

The tour programme also included some light maintenance work on the Eurovelo6 cycling route, helping to send the message that bikers themselves can contribute to cleaner and better cycling infrastructure. The Mobile2020 national cycling working group is discussing the idea of implementing a cycling route 'ranger system' in which cyclists can adopt a certain part of their favourite cycling path and take responsibility for its maintenance, and the idea was put into practice during the Szentendre: Minimal Mass tour.

Event participants also took a refreshing dip in a quarry lake, and afterwards pedaled to a Szentendre restaurant for a group dinner, which proved a salubrious conclusion to a highly satisfying day. The organisers hope to repeat the event next year as well.