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On Saturday, from 11 am, you are welcome to join the spring cleaning brigade of the Pest embankment for a safe, communcal rubbish collection event, at the stairways between Margaret Bridge and the Parliament.
Probably the most beautiful and peaceful parts of the Pest quay – open for the summer weekends for pedestrians and cyclists – are the stairways, where we can sit down and enjoy the Danube banks.
Unfortunately, these stairs and their bottom – which is a 4-5 meter wide grassy, ​​wildflowery, rocky area at the current Danube position – are very dirty.


We believe that it is our common responsibility to keep the Danube bank and its surroundings clean and pretty.


In view of the pandemic, we pay special attention to health and safety regulations:


~ garbage bags and gloves are provided,
~ bring your mask!
~ our coordinators will pay special attention to following the rules of social distance: we will have plenty of space! Together, we clean a 350-meter-long stepped section from empty glass, flood debris, glass shards, cigarette butts, and so on.
~ free and clean public toilet available at Olimpia Park


FKF Nonprofit Ltd. (Capital Department of Public) will provide tools and logistic support.


We recommend a parallel event organized by the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party who will construct an installation of garbage.


Come and join us for a pretty and clean Danube shore!

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We invite all children, families or enthusiastic passers-by to create asphalt chalk drawing! Unfortunately, we cannot play together on Children’s Day, but we can color the free road surface while keeping a 1.5 meter distance.

You can get chalks at these 3 places / points on the quay, seek for the flags:


1. Bus parking space at Olimpia Park
2. Bus parking space at Lánchíd (Chainbridge, northern bridgehead)
3. Under Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge)


Once you got your chalks, all you have to do is start creating. Draw any landscape, color a line pattern, or create a unique track for a game.


Share a photo of your drawing in the Facebook event or on Instagram using #szabadapart or send it to info@valyo.hu

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Pest quay will be carfree on weekends till autumn.
From the middle of May till the end of September, on weekends – between Margaret Bridge and Közraktár Street – the Municipal Government of Budapest locks the Pest quay from car traffic, and hands it over to the pedestrians, families, cyclists and athletes who want to relax on the banks of the Danube.
From the very beginning, the goals of the City and River Association have been to make the banks of the Danube in Budapest pedestrian- and cyclists-friendly, to organize leisure community programs directly on the river bank. Clicking here to read more about our goals.

We invited all those interested to collect garbage at our “”Clean the quay together!”” event, and to do chalk drawing with us at our “”Color the quay!”” event during the Pentecost long weekend”.


In cooperation with the Budapest Municipality, Budapesti Városarculati (Cityscape) Nonprofit Kft. and Valyo, many more joint programs are expected during the summer, so keep up to date with our news.





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Dear Mayor,

The fate of the lower quay of Pest may be decided these days, as it is also part of the 60 billion HUF package that is being negotiated between the Government and the Capital.
Now the city administration has to decide what sort of quay the people of Budapest will get back after a long and costly closure and reconstruction: one where car traffic still cuts off the Danube from the city, or one that can be reached directly by foot, bicycle, being an integral part of the city center, a public park planted with trees, which is enjoyable with children, by rolling, running. The decision will be pivotal for the next decades, so we ask the city management to ensure the lower quay of Pest to be free of traffic after the next renovation.
Since spring, on weekends, the Pest quay belongs to citizens. The open quay shortly became one of the most popular public spaces of the city, people occupied it on the very first weekend. According to our measures: in 15 minutes 336 people passed by Valyo’s counting point on 19-20 September on foot or by bicycle, roller, skate. It is not a surprising, as there are not many opportunities for a pleasant stay in the city center on the narrow sidewalks, streets with parked cars and polluted air.
In the narrow streets of the city center, there is hardly any sunshine, green space or benches. According to the Budapest Green Infrastructure Concept, there is only 1-4 squaremeters of active green space per person, which is not even close to the 9 squaremeters recommended by the WHO.
Thus it is understandable, that citizens like to spend their free time outside the city center, which involves leads to environmentally harmful driving, and generates revenue elsewhere. The lack of green spaces also contributes to suburbanization processes. With the proliferation of working from home, the demand for livable open spaces is increasing, which must also be ensured downtown, to prevent a wave of emigration from the city. A good answer to this problem is the open quay, which is also close, can be quickly reached from the center on foot or by bicycle, also by public transport, and the proximity of the water and the panorama of the Danube is a unique experience for everyone.
The weekend openings also provided a good experimental field for mapping the needs and potential uses, and it also proved that the city’s traffic did not collapse due to the car free weekends.
According to a survey conducted by Median, 59% of respondents would support a complete car free quay and only 37% would oppose it.
The Capital also asked citizens for their views on the future of the lower quay. The questionnaire was completed by 3,457 people. 74% of respondents said the primary role of the quay should be to provide recreation, and only 20% think it should provide car transport. 79% of respondents would support a pedestrian-friendly renewal of the quay. Most would like to see green spaces, trees, and safe cycling, rollerblading, rollerskating surfaces on the quay.
This ryhmes with the Mayor’s election promise that “the lower quay of Pest will be gradually handed over to people strolling, cycling and scooting. The traffic on the lower quay of Buda will necessarily remain, but it will also be possible to get close to the water on the floats and the densely placed crosswalks leading to them ”.
Rebuilding the quay will take years, whilst it will not be usable at all. It has been proven several times that during construction and closures, car traffic adapts to the changed conditions: people commuting choose a different route or another, more environmentally friendly mode of transport. During the period of such a long closure, citizens change their habits, adapt to the changed situation. This was the case during the construction of metro line 4, during the renovation of Margaret Bridge and Liberty Bridge, the metro replacements, the construction of the main collecting canal in Buda or the district heating pipeline on Kossuth Lajos Street. A good example is the traffic calming of Kecskeméti utca – Petőfi Sándor utca: by eliminating the transit traffic and rebuilding the public spaces, a livable urban environment was created, and the traffic in the city center did not collapse. After the reorganization, it would be a mistake to use the unique Danube bank to transport cars again, and to increase car traffic by restoring road capacity.
In the case of the implementation of the plans made under Mayor István Tarlós, car traffic will continue to be a border difficult to cross between the city center and the Danube. Exhaust and noise instead of clean air, a paved lane instead of a park, a 2 × 1 traffic lane instead of event spaces, will not be in the interests of city dwellers.
The Capital asked the opinion of citizens, and the people of Budapest declared / stated / pronounced that they did not want car traffic, but a community space on the banks of the Danube. Doing so, they empowered the city administration to stand up for a livable and green quay.
The expert and non-governmental organizations drafting the letter support the Capital in realizing this vision during the renovation of the quay, and hereby ask the Mayor to represent it in determining the future of the lower quay of Pest.

Best regards,

Budapest Bike Maffia
Civilek a Palotanegyedért
C8 Civilek Józsefvárosért
Energiaklub
FÁK a Rómain
Fridays for Future Budapest
Greenpeace
Harmónium Egyesület
Járókelő Közhasznú Egyesület
Kortárs Építészeti Központ
Kulcs a Városhoz
Közlekedő Tömeg Egyesület
Közösségfejlesztők Egyesülete
Levegő Munkacsoport
Magyar Kerékpárosklub
Magyar Közlekedési Klub
Mindspace
Miutcánk
Rehab Critical Mass
Színes Erzsébetváros
Újlipótváros – Szuperblokk
Valyo – Város és Folyó Egyesület
Város és Mobilitás Intézet
Velo Budapest

References:
A Főváros kérdőíve az eredményekkel: https://kozossegitervezes.budapest.hu/dialogs/rakpart/questionnaire
A Medián közvéleménykutatása: https://index.hu/belfold/2020/09/26/karacsony_gergely_rakpart_budapest/
A Valyo mérése: https://www.facebook.com/valyovalyo/photos/a.157544834274011/3901055606589563/
Budapest Zöldinfrastruktúra Koncepciója: https://budapest.hu/Documents/V%C3%A1ros%C3%A9p%C3%ADt%C3%A9si%20F%C5%91oszt%C3%A1ly/II.%20k%C3%B6tet%20-%20Koncepci%C3%B3.pdf – zöldfelület-intenzitás a 14. oldalon
Petőfi Sándor utca a forgalomcsillapítás előtt és után: https://www.urb-i.com/before-after?lightbox=dataItem-iwcehz191





 

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The community space of the Valyo – City and River Association Budapest, XI. It is located at 7 Kosztolányi Dezső Square. It was created in order to have a base where we can work together, chat, meet you and each other.

Parameters

– 158 m2: community office, event and lecture hall, workshop space, meeting room, kitchen, restrooms, warehouse
– Equipment: high-speed internet, lockers, printer, meeting (indoor) café, refrigerator, rhizograph, workshop equipment, projector, sound system – 40 conference chairs, professional lighting system suitable for exhibitions

OFFICE
– 75sqm, 12 workstations, 3-4 teams
– can be rented for a minimum of three months
– we are happy if several members of an organization work at us, as it can serve as a basis for joint projects
– workstation rent 25,000 HUF / month (max. 30 hours per week)

WORKSHOP SPACE
– 40nm
– suitable for holding sessions, conversations and presentations for 10-15 people
– for recurring sessions we give an individual price offer
– workshop space rent 25,000 HUF / day

PRESENTATION SPACE
– 75 sqm
– suitable for lectures, talks and events for 30-50 people
– workshop space rent 35,000 HUF / 3h

We provide discounts for advocacy organizations, local governments, those in need, and projects related to Valyo.

Due to the current pandemic situation, we flexibly adapt to how many people can be present at the same time

WHO DO WE LOOK FOR?
We are glad if, like us, you deal with the city and its inhabitants, if there is a potential opportunity for a joint project, if you also bring a program to the Valyo Base.

WHEN CAN YOU CHECK IT OUT / TAKE A LOOK?
Write to us, and we will discuss a possible timeframe!
If you wish to apply, please do so via this form!

Having any questions, email us at info@valyo.hu

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We submitted old and new project proposals regarding the revitalization of the Danube river bank for a design contest in the frame of Budapest’s first participatory budgeting. In case the ideas are considered feasible by the local government, citizens of Budapest can vote for them in the spring. This is the first participatory budgeting programme, hence we are curious what comes out of it. We were happy to see that it is important not only for us that the Danube bank should be dedicated to pedestrians and cyclist and serve as a waterside location for as many recreational areas as possible, thus the case of the Danube bank appears in several other ideas as well.

Let’s take a look at our ideas on the Danube focusing on the Buda quay and the utilization of Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge) as a public space.

 

Seating on the slope of the Danube


Many people use the quays at the stepped parts. Meanwhile, sloped parts are difficult to seat on. For more intense use of these sites, VALYO came up with the idea of Fiches (Ficcenések) at the Beton Workshop. Flood proof concrete elements can be used as seats, tables or stairs, while a few elements can be featured with extras (grill, drinking troughs for dogs).
The element fixed to the slopes with concrete adhesives does not damage the embankment structure and does not spoil the heritage view, but at the same time it adds a new function and use to the site, which can be suitable for a long-term network.

Such areas may be:
Buda: to the north from Margaret Bridge, to the south from Liberty Bridge (as it is currently), to the north from Petőfi Bridge.
Pest: to the south from Liberty Bridge, to the north from Margaret Bridge.
In connection with this, we recommend convening the Budapest Danube Waste Forum, as the disposal of rubbish brought into the area by the Danube or left by users is not solved at present, and there is no rubbish in the entire quay area and there is no solution for its disposal.

More crosswalks to the Buda quay!


The car traffic on the Buda side of the Danube bank will probably stay with us for a long time. In the settlement development strategies of districts XI., I. and II. show the need to strengthen the connection with the Danube bank. Between the Rákóczi and Árpád Bridges, there are several stepped and sloping quay sections used by many, where you can get closer to the waters of the Danube and enjoy the quieter, river-scented parts of the city. Currently, however, only a few crosswalks are available for pedestrians to reach the waterfront safely. This intervention would fundamentally change the connection between the city and the Danube on the Buda side.


Crosswalks are needed in these places: the northern part of Margaret Bridge, Clark Adam Square, the northern part of Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge), György Goldmann Square, ELTE Lágymányosi area.
The most important of these is the one connecting the stairs on the north side of the Margaret Bridge, as it leads to a well-trodden section of the Danube.

Trash cans to the middle of Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge)


Whether it is open or closed, youngsters sit in the middle of the Liberty Bridge in the evenings. Because of the continued use of the Liberty Bridge, it is important that garbage is finally disposed of in the middle of the bridge and at the entrances to the bridge, a total of eight.

Chill on hammocks


Hammocks have recently become the symbols of free city use and easy relaxation. The iconic elements of the Szabihíd (Liberty Bridge) are the hammocks made by the visitors and hitherto provided by the Valyo Association, stretched on the elements of the bridge.


We want to further develop hammock relaxation in the city: first, with test hammocks on the opened Liberty Bridge and at Római-part (Roman coast). 20-30 durable, easier-to-clean hammocks made by playground equipment manufacturers, which we would try on the well-known support columns of the Liberty Bridge.


After the weekend summer use, hammocks could be placed in popular parks, smaller or larger parks, together with maintainers and users to test where would be the best place in the city in the long run on a permanent basis.

 

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