About 15,000 people took part in a large-scale bike ride timed to World Car Free Day. Despite the cold weather, they covered about 30 km of Moscow’s central streets and embankments on bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.
Many participants used the municipal rent-a-bike service, which reduced its prices on that day. Those coming from the city’s remote districts were allowed bring their bikes with them on commuter trains free of cost. An entertainment programme awaited the participants at the end of the ride. Some of the participants were dressed as heroes of Russian and Soviet films and cartoons. They received special prizes from the Gorky Film Studios.
Such bike rides are becoming a hallmark of Moscow, according to Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov. “It is pleasant to see more and more people taking part in bike rides every year. The current level of development of the bicycle movement seemed impossible just a few years ago. Today more and more people are using the bicycle as a fully-fledged means of transport,” he said.
The first Moscow bike ride took place in 2012, with over 8,000 participants. In June 2014, twice as many people took part in the bike ride. In May 2015, over 25,000 people from more than a hundred Russian cities participated in the ride.
Three bike rides took place this year. The first one was a winter bike ride on 9 January, in which about 5,000 people took part. In spring over 30,000 people participated in the bike ride during the day and over 10,000 people took part in the bike ride at night.