The night cycling parade gathers over 10,000 riders

The night cycling parade gathers over 10,000 riders
For the first time a cycling parade has been held as part of the Moscow Transport Day.

Despite bad weather, the third night cycling parade gathered over 10,000 riders. On 8 July, they covered nearly 16,000 km along Frunzenskaya Embankment, Khamovnichesky Val Street, Savvinskaya Embankment, Novy Arbat, Znamenka, Vozdvizhenka streets and Prechistenskaya Embankment. The average speed of a column was not more than 15 km per hour, since a cycling parade isn’t a race but rather an event honouring the actual bicycle infrastructure.

Some cyclists rented their bikes. On that day, discounts were offered. The popularity of bike renting hasn’t been restricted to parade participants. As yet, about 950,000 rentals have been recorded this season which is 80,000 more than last year. An average distance covered by cyclists has increased from 3,395 km in 2016 to 3,431 km in 2017.

 

This year’s night cycling parade was conducted as part of the Moscow Transport Day. The central venue was Frunzenskaya Embankment which hosted an exhibition of retro equipment and modern bus and electric bus models. Visitors could see the bus on which Gleb Zheglov and Volodya Sharapov chased criminals in the film Can’t Change the Meeting Place. Other exhibits included a pilot bus model that later went into the mainstream, a bus that got plenty of nicknames – from a cigarette to a hoover, and many more as well.

On the Transport Day, bus and tram fleets, the metro engine maintenance facility and the central office of the Traffic Management Centre were open. Amusements included lectures, concerts, exhibitions and quests in parks. At 9.45 pm, a fireworks display was held on Frunzenskaya Embankment.