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Cyclists can not only ride in the fresh air, but also see rare plants or listen to the singing of birds from the Red Book.

In natural areas of Moscow, there are 12 bicycle routes with a total length of almost 70 kilometers. These are asphalt paths and ordinary forest paths. Specialists Mosprirodyselected the eight best routes through the natural areas of the city.

Everyone can ride along the picturesque tracks at any convenient time. For this, maps and descriptions have been developed, which help to navigate and arrange an exciting journey for yourself. In natural parks, you can not only ride in the fresh air with health benefits, but also see landscape objects, rare plants, listen to the singing of birds from the Red Book.

Each route has its own interesting features. The trails are suitable for both keen athletes and beginner cyclists. You can choose a route based on your own preferences, however, sanitary and epidemiological rules must be observed on each route.

“Aromas of the World” in Biryulevsky Arboretum

In the Biryulevsky arboretum, on a bike you can ride a sakura grove, spruce, birch and maple alleys, enjoy the aromas of flowering herbs and shrubs brought from all over the world. The length of the route is 2.8 kilometers.

“Konkovsky stream” in the natural-historical park “Bitsevsky forest”

This route starts from the intersection of Sevastopolsky Prospekt with Miklukho-Maklaya Street and leads to the Chertanovo Severnoye microdistrict. Part of the cycle track is covered with a special mixture, some sections have an asphalt surface. From Sevastopolsky Prospekt, the route passes through a dry meadow, from the southern side of which a view of the Konkovsky brook opens. White willow, brittle willow and alder grow on its banks. Then the path goes into the forest, where it is framed by pines, oaks and birches. Length: three kilometers.

“Valley of the Bitsa River” in the recreation area “Bitsa”

The cycling route, one kilometer long, runs through the territory of the Bitsa recreation area (36th kilometer of the Moscow Ring Road, outer side). Asphalt paths of the track pass through the forest, where pines, oaks, linden, maple and old spruce grow.

Natural and historical park “Kuzminki-Lyublino”

The cycle route runs along a unique monument of history and nature. By bike, you can get from one part of the park to another, getting to know many unique objects along the way. The route is popular with cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Its length is 3.1 kilometers.

Faunistic reserve “Dolgiye Prudy”

Going to this small park, you can get acquainted with the diversity of nature and take a break from the bustle of the city. The entrance to the sanctuary planned to be created is located next to the Dolgie Prudy Park public transport stop on Akademika Flerova Street. Length: 1.4 kilometers.

“Ponds” in Izmailovsky Park

A seven-kilometer circular cycle route passes through the picturesque places of the Izmailovo Natural and Historical Park. Asphalt paths lead through the tuevaya alley, decorative ponds, the Serebryanka River, the Red Pond, the Tsarskaya Apiary Eco Center, the Lebedyanskiy Pond, the Prosyanskaya Dam, a birch grove, Lipitinskiy and Kosinskiy brooks.

“Century pines” in the park “Pokrovskoe-Streshnevo”

The Natural and Historical Park “Pokrovskoe-Streshnevo” is notable for centuries-old pines and cascades of ponds on the Chernushka River. A bike ride will allow you to take a break from the noise of the city and listen to the sounds of nature. Length: 3.1 kilometers.

“Mischievous squirrels” in the natural areas “Troparevo” and “Teply Stan”

The bike ride starts from the entrance to the Troparevo recreation area, leads to Akademika Bakulev Street, skirting the Ochakovka River, and runs along Ostrovityanova Street. The end point of the route is building 16, building 3 along Ostrovityanova street. The paths are covered with a sand and gravel mixture. On the way, cyclists may encounter squirrels and other inhabitants of the green area. Length: 4.2 kilometers.

Through the mirror maze and relic forest. Scenic bike paths in parksAlong the Moskva River or at the Empress’s Palace: the most picturesque jogging tracks in parks

Cycling is very popular among the city’s residents. 3.5 million Muscovites regularly use bicycles. There are more than 296 kilometers of bike paths and bike lanes in the capital (900 kilometers with dedicated lanes). Cycling improves the environment, because choosing this type of transport can reduce air emissions by 2.6 times.

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