Budapest (HU)

Budapest, with its 1.7 million inhabitants is far the biggest Hungarian city where two third of the GDP is created. It is the central junction of the national highway and railway network, the river Danube and an international airport, therefore many logistics centres have been developed in its surrounding.
Many things have changed in Budapest over the past decades what makes it really attractive for business, tourism and culture. The Castle district and the embankment of the Danube are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, other parts of the inner city were redesigned at the end of the XIX. Century but later the world wars broke up the continuous texture so today we have an eclectic architectural variations all around the city.

At the beginning of 2015, the first ever city-logistics concept will be announced by the municipality. After the initial meetings Hajtás Pajtás Bike Courier privately owned company (representing Cyclelogistics Ahead in Budapest) has been invited to participate in the preparation of the concept especially in the field of Zero Emission Logistics focusing on the inner city. From 2010 all kinds of urban transportation in organised by BKK (Budapest Centre for Transportation), a 100% municipal company who are strategic partners in this project.
Cycling in Budapest has its renaissance due to the Critical Mass rides attracting tens of thousands of people for a ride in downtown twice a year between 2005 and 2013 and some minor infrastructural improvements. There is not so much data but the expected modal share of cycling is around 5% on a municipal level and can be over 10% in parts of the inner city.

THE ACTIVITIES

Hajtás Pajtás Budapest is the first bike messenger company in Hungary after the socialist regime. Since its establishment in 2013, their riders have pedalled more than 21 million kilometres while delivered over 2 million envelopes or small parcels. To satisfy the market demands, motorized vehicles have been utilized since 2000 in order to offer multiple services without limitations on the weight or dimension of the parcel, nor the distance of the delivery. The first Bullitt cargo bike arrived to Budapest in 2009. One of the target is to extend the fleet of cargo bikes and shift all possible deliveries to zero emission vehicles.

Hajtás Pajtás employs 70 people and received the Business Ethical Award for its efforts of being a role model in tax-paying.

With the support of several NGOs and a big audience through the internet Hajtás Pajtás will work on the establishment of an Urban Logistics Cooperation Platform to aim higher percentage of near zero emission logistics in highly dense urban areas. Beside the market players like UPS or DHL, the stakeholders on national and municipal levels also must be reached by workshops, conferences and media in order to build up a framework that fosters environment-friendly mobility and logistics solutions.

Hajtás Pajtás will improve its existing services and start new ones based on a comprehensive market analysis and a feasibility study on (moving) micro consolidation centres. It must be understood what are the actual demands of private and commercial end users in the target area and the investigation of the current logistics chain will highlight which exact measures could be implemented in a sustainable way.

The strong relation between Hajtás Pajtás and the Critical Mass movement gives the opportunity to get media appearance easily. The press release about the start of Cyclelogistics Ahead in Budapest has shown up in over 25 online news portal. Awareness raising therefore will get top priority both on local and national levels.

Hajtás Pajtás will also support start-up activities for cycle logistics companies within Hungary. For more information please contact: kuku@hajtaspajtas.hu