Csepel wins Budapest bike-share contract

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Hungarian bicycle maker Csepel has won a five-year contract to upgrade and operate the bicycle-sharing system of the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK), according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The contract was signed by BKK CEO László Fendrik and Csepel CEO Péter Klimon, BKK said on its website.

The contract covers the delivery of 1,200 bicycles, weighing 21.4 kg with inflatable tires; the operation of 158 docking stations; the rollout of a new central software system; and the development of a user-friendly mobile application.

BKK said a "more modern, sustainable" MOL Bubi bicycle-sharing system will be put into operation in the spring of 2021.

BKK suspended MOL Bubi at the end of November but said a new service "that meets evolving urban transport needs" would be available from next year.

BKK runs the bike share scheme with the support of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL.

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