Everything about bicycles in Moscow

July 8

Bicycles, scooters, electric unicycles and segways have already been widely used in the city for about a decade now. There are 850 km of bike and other such lanes suitable for alternative private vehicles. During the season when the weather is not too bad, city residents make 1,000 bike and up to 3,000 scooter journeys are a day. By 24 June rented bicycles and scooters had made 77,000 journeys.

Mos.ru explains the development of the Moscow bicycle infrastructure under the My District programme and why some people prefer two-wheeler transport rather than using a car in the city.

City bike routes 

Bike lanes are not only to be found in parks and recreation areas. There is a whole network of them that connect one district to another enabling cyclists to get from A to B without having to use a car or public transport.

One of the most popular routes is along the Boulevard Ring. This bike lane is properly marked and also has signposts. It connects the districts of Khamovniki, Arbat, Presnensky, Tverskoi, Meshchansky, Krasnoselsky, Basmanny and Tagansky.

There’s another bike lane that goes along Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street from the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall to the Garden Ring.

In Zamoskvorechye it’s no trouble going along Pyatnitskaya Street and turning off from Bolshaya Ordynka to Lyusinovskaya Street and then following a route to the Danilovsky District.

One lane connects four districts: Yakimanka, Gagarinsky, Ramenki and Dorogomilovo. It’s possible to go from Muzeon art park to Victory Park. A picturesque route stretches along the Krymskaya Embankment and Gorky Park past Vorobyovy Gory and Mosfilm Pond.

The routes are safe and cyclist-friendly in the centre and outskirts of the city. There are bike lanes along Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Street and the North-East Expressway thanks to the My District programme. They go from the Koptevo to the Timiryazevsky District. The indicated lane on Polyarnaya Street between Proyezd Dezhneva and Shirokaya Street connects the South and North Medvedkovo districts. There’s a long bike lane from the Borovskoye Motorway to the Troitsk in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Area that goes across to the areas of Kokoshkino, Marushkinskoye and Pervomayskoye.

Biking to the Metro, it’s quicker 

Bicycles and electric scooters are often used in Moscow for the “last mile” to get from the office or home to the Metro station and back. This is what Kapotnya residents do. There’s a marked lane that goes to the Maryino District and the metro station there across the 850-Letiya Moskvy Park.

Belyaevo and Chertanovskaya Metro stations are connected by a bike lane along Miklukho-Maklaya Street and across Bitsevsky Forest linking three districts: Konkovo, Yasenevo and Severnoye Chertanovo.

Thanks to the route between Prospekt Vernadskogo and University metro stations cyclists living near Prospekt Vernadskogo can get there from the Lomonosovsky and Ramenki Districts. In the Lianozovo District the lane stretches along Cherepovetskaya Street and leads to Altufyevo Metro from the far end of the district.

In 2019 the “last mile” principle started working in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Area. A marked lane was put there from the residential area to Filatov Lug metro station. The way lies across a forest park and only takes 10 minutes, which is much quicker than going by car or bus. The other thing is that people can rent bicycles at both ends of the road and the bike shed near the metro station can take 56 bicycles. Scooters can be left there too.

Park bikes or take them on public transport

Bicycles and scooters used to reach public transport can be parked at special designated places that are clearly marked with the Moscow Transport logo and are situated near to bus stops, the Metro, MCC and Moscow Central Diameter stations. Their number is constantly growing. In 2019 there were over 500 such parking places.

If people do not want to leave their bikes or scooters, it’s possible to take them on public transport. In the new train carriages, busses and trams it is not required that they are folded. The MCC and Moscow Central Diameter Ivolga trains have special racks. In the busses there’s room for bikes in the middle of the vehicle.

Bike rental

People who don’t own bicycles or scooters can rent them. The Velobike project was launched in Moscow for this purpose back in 2013. Currently, the city fleet has over 6,000 bikes and over 570 rental terminals in 79 districts.

To become a Velobike user people have to register in the system and pay at bike terminals or using the mobile app. Bicycles can be returned to any terminal.

Since 2018 rental scooters have also been available in Moscow and there are now over 3,000 of them. This kind of service is rather popular. In 2018 people made 140,000 journeys and already in 2019 this number went up to half a million.

Source: mos.ru

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