November 01, 2011

Notebook



Moscow's bike lane a massive fail

A city clogged by cars and lacking civilized parking, Moscow has for years forced biking to be practiced as an extreme sport, despite cycling's growing popularity among youth, who do not mind the sharp curbs or lack of ramps on under-ground crosswalks.

So there was much to cheer about recently when the city made a highly publicized grand opening of a bike lane in the city's prestigious southwestern region; the lane stretched from Moscow State University to Prospekt Vernadskovo metro station. But it lasted scarcely a month. When Prospekt Vernad­skovo was repaired, the bike lane disappeared.


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