“There is no real progress in Moscow for cyclists”
Andrey Noskoff is an avid cyclist who rides his bike to work every day in Moscow.
Moscow is not a bicycle-friendly city, to say the least. For those like me who ride their bikes to work everyday, the main problem is the roads, which are just plain bad. The city’s roads are dirty and rain water does not drain away properly. And now and then you’ll run into an open drain in the street – and I really mean ‘open’, just a big hole without so much as a grate.
Meanwhile bicycle bays are not just rare – they’re exotic. You always have to chain your bike to random poles, fences or trees. And bike theft is a big problem.
Due to all these issues, it seems there is no real progress in Moscow for cyclists. My bicycle repairman says not only is the number of cyclists not increasing, but it even seems to have gone down despite the particularly beautiful weather this summer.”
Video courtesy of Alexander Tugunov, who filmed this video in late August. He says some of the problems shown have been fixed, but not all.
Post written with freelance journalist Ostap Karmodi.