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LMP marks World Car Free Day

Budapest has never been a city that is "prosecuting" drivers, with a great part of public spaces reserved for car infrastructure, a opposition LMP lawmaker said on Friday, marking World Car Free Day.

Bernadett Bakos said that despite only 30-40 percent of residents used cars in the city, cars occupied some 80 percent of public spaces. She added that the problem was that the number of cars increased by 1 million in Hungary, including by 300,000 in Budapest, in the past ten years.

The real solution to traffic jams would be reducing the number of cars instead of making developments for car users, she said.

Alternative means of transport, such as community and bicycle transport must be developed, Bakos said. It would be most important to return public spaces to pedestrians and enable a safe and healthy environment for them above ground in the centre of the city, she added.

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