Mospriroda has prepared exciting cycling routes around the capital’s natural areas that pass through both surfaced cycling lanes and picturesque forest paths. No matter if they’re new or experienced cyclists, they’re good for both.
Biryulyovo Arboretum has three themed cycling routes. The World Fragrances route that’s 2.8 km long passes by a sakura grove and several alleys, including some with spruce, birch and maple.
The Rocket lane can be found in the southern part of the arboretum and starts from Lipetskaya Street. Cyclists will pass by children’s playgrounds as well as workout and picnic areas. This 1.46 km route is suitable for both new and experienced cyclists. The Obstacle Path lane with hills and steep climbs will appeal to extreme biking enthusiasts. Its length is 1.8 km.
There are two cycling routes in Bitsa Forest. The Konkovsky Ruchei (Creek) begins from the intersection of Sevastopolsky Prospekt and Miklukho-Maklai Street. The cycling lane passes through a dry valley where you can see Konkovo Pond lined with white and crack willow and alder. The route then enters the forest, with its mixed broadleaf section on the right and pine trees on the left. At first cyclists have to ride along a special surfaced path and then reach a regularly surfaced lane. This route is about 3 km long.
The Bitsa River Valley route begins at the 36th kilometre of the Moscow Ring Road near the Bitsa recreation area. The asphalt road passes through a forest full of spruce, pine trees and mixed broad-leaved trees. The route is only 1 km long.
Kuzminki and Lyublino
Cyclists can ride around the entire territory of the Kuzminki -Lyublino Park. The 3.1-kilometre route passes through numerous unique sites. The ride is suitable for all ages and cycling levels.
The park grounds soon to be turned into the Dolgiye Prudy fauna natural reserve also have a cycling route. Cyclists can start at the entrance to the natural area in Akademika Flerova Street next to the Dolgiye Prudy Park bus stop. The route is 1.4 km long.
The seven-kilometre-long route called Prudy runs through Izmailovo Park. Cyclists will ride along an eastern arborvitae alley by reflection pools, the Serebryanka River, the Red Pond, the Tsar’s Bee Garden, a linden forest, the Lebedyansky Pond, the Prosyanskaya Dam, a birch tree grove, the Lipitinsky and Kosinsky creeks.
The Centennial Pine Trees route runs through Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo Park. The cycling lane is located to the north of cascade ponds near the Chernushka River, surrounded by centennial pine trees. It is a perfect place for tuning in to nature and getting away from the noisy city. The route is 3.1 km long.
Tyoply Stan landscape reserve
The Naughty Squirrels route begins at the entrance to the Troparyovo recreation area (part of the Tyoply Stan landscape reserve). Cyclists will reach Akademika Bakuleva Street, ride around the Ochakovka River and continue along Ostrovityanova Street. The lane has a sand and gravel surface. It is not only a magnificent sight for the eyes but also an opportunity to see park inhabitants, including ‘naughty’squirrels. The route is 4.2 km long.
Cyclists enjoying park grounds should be considerate towards nature and wildlife, plus pedestrians and fellow riders. Mospriroda has developed some simple rules for safe cycling:
— Keep to lanes and paths to avoid damaging nature;
— Cycle at a moderate speed to be able to slow down if you see an animal on the way;
— Natural areas are for quiet recreation so don’t race. This could cause someone being run over;
— Don’t shout or you may scare wild animals;
— Slow down when riding near a children’s playground as youngsters may unexpectedly run out onto the lane or path;
— If there is a bike lane, keep strictly to the right side of the way;
— Don’t create problems for other people in the park; ride carefully and observe the traffic rules;
— Use your bell only when absolutely necessary as many wild animals don’t like loud sounds;
— It is common courtesy to thank those who give way to you or give a helping hand;
— If your mobile phone rings, go over to the side of the road and stop before answering it;
— Carry ID;
It is also important to consider your own safety. Below are a few tips to prepare for a bike ride:
— Always wear a helmet as it will prevent you from serious head injuries if you fall;
— Wear cycling gloves to protect your hands from scratches if you fall;
— Wear knee and elbow protection to avoid grazes;
— Wear colourful clothing with reflectors to make sure other road users can see you;
— Check that your bicycle is in working order, especially the brakes;
— Install a red light on the rear to help other cyclists see you;
— Consider installing reflectors on both wheels;
— Install a rear-view mirror so as to be able to see approaching vehicles;
— Invest in a torch to light up the road in the dark or to warn others;
— Carry a repair kit to fix wheels, a screwdriver and a bicycle pump just in case you have a minor problem;
— Ringing a bell will alert pedestrians but remember that wild animals inhabiting the natural areas don’t like loud noises;
— Carry a first aid kit and antiseptic;
— Don’t forget about drinking water as cycling will make you thirsty.
Prohibited while cycling:
— carrying children under seven without appropriate seating;
— cycling with no hands touching the handlebar;
— carrying items that stand out more than 50 cm beyond the length and width of the bike;
— carrying passengers if the bicycle is not equipped for it.
Signals and what to do in the event of a traffic accident
Cyclists commonly use the following signals:
— left arm stretched out to the side or right arm bent and pointing up means “careful, I am turning left”
— left or right arm pointing up means “careful, I am slowing down”
— right arm stretched out to the side or left arm bent and pointing up means “careful, I am turning right.”
If an accident occurs, dismount and don’t touch the vehicles. You are not allowed to touch any items related to the accident. Place a warning triangle, a flashing torch with a red bulb or any bright coloured item 15 metres away from the scene of the accident.
If necessary, administer first aid and call an ambulance. You must report the accident to the administration of the natural area, call the police and write down the full names and contact details of any eyewitnesses.
Emergency telephone numbers:
Rescue service: 112;