Moscow Turns Friendly to Pedestrians & Cyclists

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  The face of Moscow is changing at a blinding pace   -


Moscow, Russia's dynamic capital, and the largest city in Europe, is going through a major face lift. 

Parks are being redesigned, trees are being planted, and a network of sidewalks is being created. 

Moscow City Hall has introduced a full-scale program that includes building more underpasses, linking up all the Moscow boulevards, making squares more attractive for pedestrians, turning embankments into pedestrian areas, maintaining active city life in the winter and developing infrastructure for bicycles.

Thirty new pedestrian areas will appear: asphalt will be replaced by granite tiles and tourist signs have been put up.  

Moscow parks such as Gorky Park and Sokolniki have already changed dramatically: semi-neglected parks with rusty amusement rides and cheap beer have already undergone major renovation, in line with worldwide trends.

The parks are now being turned into modern areas with lecture halls, children's clubs, yoga classes, outdoor restaurant terraces, art installations, live music in outdoor rinks and bicycles for rent.

Incidentally, bicycles can now be rented from automated bicycle stations in many places across the city, along the Boulevard Ring and on the embankments.

Moscow's municipal government thinks that Moscow will soon become one of the most attractive tourist cities in the world.