|Here's downtown Csepel, aka District XXI, a community of more than 80,000 on the north end of Csepel Island.|
Today, I did a bike-nerd thing: I went out to inspect a new piece of local cycling infrastructure. The 'infra' in question is a 2.9 km path running from the village center of Csepel to the northern tip of Csepel Island and then across Kvassay Bridge to southern Pest not far from the Rakoczi Bridge. Here's a map.
|In the heart of Csepel, you'll find some attractive, Socialist-era housing estates with generous allotments |
of green space and playgrounds and here, a bike path with connections to the town centre.
|More characteristic are these much larger residential buildings. |
Lots of green space, but these big buildings make for a heavy population density.
|Time will tell, the materials look good and the execution is top notch. It's a pleasure to ride on.|
|The rails on this level crossing are tucked away under a flat-as-a-pancake deck with a hard rubber surface. |
State of the art stuff.
Although it makes for a nice pleasure ride, this path was built for commuting. It's one of six new paths built during the last year to connect outlying residential areas to the city centre. I'm curious how much traffic the path gets during a typical workday rush hour.
The few criticisms I'd have are the odd placement of bike racks, including these in the picture below. There was no store, transport stop or anything nearby that would merit a stop at this location. Either something is planned to built here, or these racks are just a waste of resources.
|You can chain your bike up here -- if that's what you're into.|
|The Kvassay Bridge|
|From here, there's no indication this underpass is for cyclists as well as for pedestrians -- no sign, no yellow markings next to the zebra. But you must go through this underpass to get from Rakoczi Bridge to the new Csepel bike path.|
|Here's a path toward Rakoczi Bridge, but it ends before it gets anywhere. Curiously, a sign indicates |
the Eurovelo 6 route lies beyond the dead end.