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Russian cyclists pedal for safety

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 01:13

Over 30,000 cyclists take part in a ride through central Moscow aimed at promoting the sport and the safety of cyclists on the roads. Elly Park reports.

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Normally it's cars that pack these streets, but today over 30,000 bicycles took over the roads of notoriously traffic-heavy Moscow. They are the participants of the annual Cycling Parade, organized to raise awareness for cyclists' safety. Although 30,000 seems like a big number, it's just a fraction of the more than 3 million cyclists in the Russian capital that advocates say lacks proper bicycle awareness and infrastructure. So many participants came out to see this changed. SOUNDBITE: Cyclist Anton, saying (Russian) "It's for the development of infrastructure in Moscow, cycling infrastructure. To make more cycling lanes." SOUNDBITE: Cyclist Katya, saying (Russian) "(We want) to show the drivers, that we also have the right to use the streets. We have the rights." Moscow government has said that the city has more than 146 kilometres or 90 miles of cycling tracks to date, mostly in city parks. There are plans to roughly double that number by the end of the year which is a welcome news for most of the participants.

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Russian cyclists pedal for safety

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 01:13