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Moscow Becoming More Bicycle Friendly

Posted: Oct. 11th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Moscow Cycling
Moscow Cycling

As the citizens of Moscow became more and more fed up with the seemingly endless lines of traffic, they have begun switching out their gas-powered autos for bicycles, which in many cases has actually led to quicker trips. As biking's popularity grows in the city, new laws and bike lanes have been created to accommodate the practice. 

With congestion in the capital going from bad to infernal, an increasing number of people see cycling as a solution.

But riding a bike in Moscow is somehow a different experience from cycling in any other European city. With no bike lanes but plenty of road rage, most cyclists in Moscow, myself included, keep off the streets and stay on the sidewalk. But while cycling on the pavement, you need to watch out not only for pedestrians and baby carriages but for the sudden opening of car doors. Yes, parking on the sidewalk is also OK in the Russian capital.


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