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Bicycle was the fastest

A CAR driver, a cyclist, a public transport traveller and a runner competed during the morning rush hours in Bratislava to see who will reach Hlavné Námestie square in Bratislava’s centre from Bratislava’s borough of Rača during the mobility week in mid-September. Those competing had to travel or run a route eight kilometres long and also buy breakfast in a grocery store on the SNP Square. The cyclist reached the destination first and the runner was the last, Michal Feik, an advisor of Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik, informed the TASR newswire.

A CAR driver, a cyclist, a public transport traveller and a runner competed during the morning rush hours in Bratislava to see who will reach Hlavné Námestie square in Bratislava’s centre from Bratislava’s borough of Rača during the mobility week in mid-September. Those competing had to travel or run a route eight kilometres long and also buy breakfast in a grocery store on the SNP Square. The cyclist reached the destination first and the runner was the last, Michal Feik, an advisor of Bratislava Mayor Milan Ftáčnik, informed the TASR newswire.

Along with Bratislava, 27 other towns and cities across Slovakia joined the European Week of Mobility.

The cyclist made it to the destination in 17 minutes, while his average speed was 28 km per hour. It took the car to reach the destination seven minutes after the cyclist, while its average speed was 20 km per hour. But organisers labelled the driver the ‘pirate’.

“Our driver used field roads and parked where it was prohibited,” Feik said. “A boot as well as a fine did not miss him.”

Another driver, who stuck to the rules, managed to drive to the destination in 37 minutes.

The public transport traveller needed 27 minutes to reach the destination. He took a tram.

“It is necessary to include into the time of travel not only the time spent in a means of transportation, but also walking to the car or the stop or looking for a place to park,” said Feik.

It took the runner 38 minutes to run to Hlavné Námestie and thus he was only one minute slower than the car.

During the event the organisers counted cars in clusters. There was one passenger in 96 cars and two passengers in only six cars. Only in one car were there more than two passengers, according to Feik.

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