The network has been extended by around ten kilometres, making it even easier for locals to get to work or school and helping them to stay healthy.

In addition to the construction of the third phase of the Western Ring Road, new sections of cycle paths have been built, and missing sections of existing cycle paths have been connected. 

At a briefing on the 22nd of May 2023, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen Lajos Barcsa stressed that Debrecen is a cycling-friendly city, and Debrecen 2030 programme has set out to improve the 80 kilometres of cycle path network that was available in previous years. 

The deputy mayor pointed out that the aim was to have well over 100 kilometres of cycle paths in the city. He added that both the professional and tourist cycle path networks have been developed in recent years, including the development of the Diószegi Road, which has made Erdőspuszta accessible. 

Cyclists can now cycle to Kismacs and soon to Nagymacs. The BMW factory site and the Határ Road Industrial Park are easily accessible on two wheels.

“We did not only improve the Western Ring Road, but we also wanted to meet the needs of cyclists. With HUF 538 million, we were able to significantly increase the length of the cycling facilities by about ten kilometres. We have created 2.3 kilometres of independent cycle lanes and 7.7 kilometres of cycle zones,” the deputy mayor pointed out. 

This development has made it possible to link up the previous cycle paths, which is a significant improvement in terms of usability.

In the third phase of the Western Ring Road and between Miklós and Hatvan streets, one-way cycle lanes were created along the entire stretch, and Segner Square, Nyugati, Mester and Hortobágy streets were also improved. In addition, cycling zones have been designated in seven areas.

Municipal councillor Aurélia Orosz stressed that there is a growing demand among the people of Debrecen to be able to cycle to work and take their children to school. There are more and more bicycle-friendly workplaces in Debrecen, and the city administration is adapting to this, she said. She added that cycling is a useful pastime and is also good for health.
Csaba Papp pointed out that he started representing the district when there was not a single kilometre of cycle path in the area. The first section was built on Egyetem Sugárút, followed by Bethlen Street, then Dózsa György Street and then Pesti Street. The whole district is now not only a cycle path but the connections and crossings are now also protected on busy roads, he said. He also drew attention to the importance of the movement “Move, Debrecen!” and the importance of sport.

Source and photo credit: debrecen.hu

Author: Debrecen4U