Cycling in Moscow
Cycling in traffic-choked Moscow? Yep – cycling is cool right now in Moscow and the ranks of locals riding bikes is swelling. In 2015, more than 23,000 riders joined for the annual ‘Let’s Bike It!’ parade, nearly a threefold increase since its commencement in 2012. Cycling is also one of the best ways to experience this beautify city as a visitor. However, be alert and aware of road traffic at all times.
The City’s Department of Transport has implemented over 700km of bikelanes. The change is tangible, particularly in the main city centre. The city has introduced a bike share scheme, over 3,000 bike racks and over 170km of bike paths, making it easier and safer for locals and visitors to travel by bike.
There are many great city routes to explore by bike; passing by the embassies, exploring Soviet grand architecture at VDNKh and beyond to the parks of Ostankino and the boatnical Garden; both with extensive bike parks. Alternatively, cycle through Sokolniki Park and Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island) - there's no better place to escape the heat of the city and be surrounded by greenery and nature. Take a weekend jaunt along the embankment of the Moscow River, and experience all the best sights and institutions. And then there's the Izmailovsky Park and Kuskovsky Forest Park, as well as the parks, monasteries and life along the Yauza River.
The Russian Cycle Touring Club organises regular weekend rides around Moscow, and longer-distance tours around Russia.