Cycling in Moscow

01 Aug 2017

Moscow doesn’t have the fame of Amsterdam or Copenhagen when it comes to cycling - yet. In recent years, however, the city has made some amazing progress in constructing modern bike lanes on some of the streets and more and more Muscovites are ditching the metro and their cars (but not in winter!) in favor of the steel stallion. While it’s still warm, hop on a bike and explore these routes, some of which are pretty inaccessible on public traffic or can take hours to walk on foot.

Park Routes
Muzeon, Gorky Park & Sparrow Hills
Probably the most pleasant and leafy route in the Russian capital, the track starting in Muzeon leads all the way to the end of Vorobyovy Gory (almost 10km). Cycle past the statue to Peter the Great and the New Tretyakov Gallery before entering the territory of Gorky Park. In Gorky Park, cycle along the embankment and take in some of the most spectacular views of the river, Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Ministry of Defence. Chain your bike up for a few minutes when you reach the pedestrian Andreevsky Bridge and go up it for some fantastic views of the city and Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills). Continue on the bike path and you will reach the Vorobyovy Gory area. From here you will get a spectacular view over Luzhniki Stadium. An even better vantage point is available from the top of Vorobyovy Gory but for that you will need to lock your bike up on the embankment and prepare yourself for a 15-minute uphill walk. It's well worth it though! If you reach the very end of the bike path, you’ll see the Moscow City business center shimmering beautifully in the distance. Even if you’re not the most enthusiastic cyclist, the trip there and back is not very straining because it’s mostly flat and there are many riverside cafes to sit down for a lemonade break.
Without too many photo stops, one-way this journey will take you about 35-45 minutes.
Sokolniki Park
Located in central Moscow, Sokolniki Park is a historic public park with formal gardens and attractions. It is not at all far from the city center and is easily accessible by metro - you just need to get off at Sokolniki station on the red line. The park's current layout of clearings and alleys began under Tsar Peter the Great in 1900 when a "labyrinth", or network of alleys, was laid out. Today Sokolniki is a typical Russian park with recreational activities for people of all ages and a beautiful fountain on Fountain Square. In the warmer months, the central alleyways are a mass of brightly colored formal flowerbeds, while the depths of the park are a wilderness home to pines and spruces, birches and oaks, limes and maples - all trees native to the Moscow region - as well as a number of non-indigenous trees, such as larches, cedars, walnut, red oaks, etc. Most of the major alleys have a designated bike route so our advice would be to simply hop on your bike and explore all the corners of Sokolniki - and don't be afraid of getting a little lost!


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