Government drive to get cyclists out more has begun in earnest
St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow (picture Anton Denisenko, Wikimedia Commons)
30,000 cyclists are to gather in Moscow today as part of the biggest ever cycle parade the country has seen.
To encourage locals to the event, the government is promising discounts on rental bikes and free entertainment, including bike washing and games.
Traffic will be stopped to allow riders to navigate a route in a parade open to all over the age of 14.
The government bills the event as a chance to support bicycle infrastructure in Moscow – and two more parades will be held in July and September, according to the TASS news agency