And how to understand how many Muscovites use a bicycle in winter, if it is impossible to use it with all the desire?
Editor-in-chief of AD Magazine and cycling activist Anastasia Romashkevich reminded on his Velonation blog about the annual challenge faced by cyclists in Moscow. As soon as a lot of snow falls, the communal services, instead of cleaning the bike lanes, use them to store dirty snow. It is absolutely impossible to drive on them.
A few years ago activists tried deal with the snow on the bike paths on their own – they took shovels in their hands and cleared snowdrifts. But it is clear that this should be done not by enthusiasts, but by city services.
“Apparently, there is an unspoken rule – until the snow is taken out, it can be piled on the bike path. Sometimes snowdrifts lie there for several days. Utilities continue to believe in the myth that “no one rides a bike in winter.” Since they refuse to believe their eyes, that is, the idea is to influence them by administrative methods,” writes Romashkevich.
This year, they offer to fight the inaction of public utilities through complaints through Our City. To do this, you need to take a picture of the place where the snow has not been removed, send the photo to the portal with a comment and wait for a solution to the problem. A miracle must happen, because then why would Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov constantly recallsthat “as part of the instructions of Moscow Mayor S. Sobyanin, we are developing bicycle infrastructure”?
By the way, recently a cyclist counter was installed on Bolshaya Ordynka. Many wondered why this should be done by the winter, although the answer is clear: just in order to count the cyclists for whom the weather is not a hindrance.
Photo: Alexander Miridonov/Kommersant/Fotodom, t.me/bike2coffee