Over 30,000 people participated in Moscow’s fourth night bicycle parade held on Saturday, 4August. The route, which started from Suvorovskaya Square, was about 20 kilometres long and passed through the central streets and embankments of the city to end at Bolotnaya Square.
The participants started gathering at 10 pm. The organisers put together a programme to keep the cyclists entertained before the event started. Since the parade was dedicated to space, a contest for the best space-themed costume was held at Suvorovskaya Square. The winner of the contest was awarded with a smartphone.
The parade began at 11 pm. The average speed of the bicycle column was about 15 km/h, since the parade was not a race but a celebratory event to promote Moscow’s bicycle infrastructure and road safety.
This year’s night bicycle parade broke the record for the number of participants, said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow and Moscow’s Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
“The night bicycle parade presents a great opportunity to prove that Muscovites are willing to use bicycles 24 hours a day, as well as to call people’s attention to the safety of cyclists,” he said. “At night, they become less visible on roads, so we urge drivers to be more careful and always keep in mind that cyclists are just as much of road users as motorists are. We also urge cyclists to always have both headlights and taillights turned on at night.”
All bicycles complied with the safety rules: they were equipped with headlight and taillights; some had additional lights as well. The participants rode not only city or mountain bikes; some of them were handmade. Some people rented their bicycles, since the rates on the day of the parade were reduced. Moreover, between 11 pm on 3 August and 11 pm on 5 August, passengers of Moscow’s commuter trains could take their bicycles onboard free of charge.