The ITM is steadily improving cycling infrastructure within and between localities, as well as financing the 50 billion forint (EUR 136.7m) construction of 850kms of bicycle paths nationwide, state secretary for transport development, Laszlo Mosoczi, said in Ecs, in north-western Hungary, inaugurating the cycle path connecting Gyor and Pannonhalma as part of the government’s Modern Cities scheme. The 18.4km cycle path cost a net 1.7 billion forints to build.

He noted that the entire cycle path network around Lake Balaton is being revamped and a cycle route between Budapest and Lake Balaton will be built.

Hungary, he added, is the third most important cycling nation in Europe. The government has achieved much to integrate isolated “islands” of cycle systems into a national network, he added.

National road company Magyar Kozut Nonprofit took over the maintenance of more than a 1,000kms of cycle paths from the local governments, he noted.