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With congestion in the capital is going from bad to infernal, an increasing number of people see cycling as a solution.

But riding a bike in Moscow
is somehow a different experience from cycling in any other European
city. With no bike lanes but plenty of road rage, most cyclists in Moscow,
myself included, keep off the streets and stay on the sidewalk. But
while cycling on the pavement, you need to watch out not only for
pedestrians and baby carriages but for the sudden opening of car doors.
Yes, parking on the sidewalk is also OK in the Russian capital.

Traffic jams have become as recognizable a feature of Moscow
as the Kremlin’s onion domes. Congestion is so bad that it’s common to
travel three hours from downtown to the outskirts in rush hour.
Motorists are estimated to spend an average of 15 hours a week stalled
in traffic.

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