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50 cyclists participate in Riga Cycling Week opening event

28.04.2012 | LETA

Riga cycling activists together with Riga City Council's Pardaugava Executive Directorate head Maris Kalve, about 50 people altogether, opened the Riga Cicyling Week on Sunday with a ride along the Bergi cycling route.

Riga cycling activists together with Riga City Council's Pardaugava Executive Directorate head Maris Kalve, about 50 people altogether, opened the Riga Cicyling Week on Sunday with a ride along the Bergi cycling route.

One of the Riga Cycling Week organizers, Toms Erenpreiss told LETA that cyclists, drivers and pedestrians' tolerance of each other was a pressing problem at the moment, but infrastructure upgrades necessary for cyclists were also highly important.

The cycling route connecting Riga downtown with Bergi area is one of the most important cycle routes built in Riga over the past five years. However, the route has several notable shortcomings in the section between the downtown and the VEF Bridge.

The participants in yesterday's ride noted all the deficiencies along the way: lack of road signs marking the route in some places, the narrow sidewalks of the VEF Bridge that cyclists have to share with pedestrians, and others. These will be discussed during a debate on cycling infrastructure in Riga that will take place at Kanepe Culture Center on April 26.

Similar rides along other cycling routes in Riga could also be organized in the future, said Erenpreiss.

The Riga Bicycle Week will continue until May 5, featuring various cycling events and activities.

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