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April 3, 2021, 13:35

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This is due to their great popularity among Muscovites.

Rental of electric scooters and bicycles in Moscow this year will open a record early. Scooters will be available on Sunday 4 April and bicycles on Tuesday 6 April. This was announced by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Government, the head Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liskutov.

In the past year, during the pandemic, bicycles and scooters were in great demand. Muscovites have made a record number of trips – almost eight million. Therefore, the capital decided to open the new rental season almost a month earlier. In previous years, the season started at the end of April.

“Electric scooters and bicycles are becoming more and more popular among Moscow residents. Last year’s crowdsourcing project showed that Muscovites have a request for cycling infrastructure. The number of rental points and bicycles continues to increase this year. 67 new points will be installed in Moscow, 63 of which are electric, and a thousand bicycles will be added, 500 of them will be electric. Cycling infrastructure is developing not only in the city center, but also in other areas. For example, where new metro stations are being opened, ”said the head of the department.

Bicycle rental for couriers and volunteers will remain free until the end of the restrictive measures established by the decree of the Mayor of Moscow.

In the 2020 season, the total number of city bike rides increased up 14 percent to 5.7 million. 134 new stations and one thousand bicycles appeared (662 stations and 6.5 thousand bicycles). Additionally, 45 kilometers of the road network adapted for the movement of bicycles have been equipped.

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