Initiative seeks to map Rīga's busiest cycling routes

Enthusiasts have launched an initiative mapping the busiest cycling routes in Rīga with the ultimate goal of influencing where future cycling trails are built, reported Latvian Radio Friday.

Last year, Rīga confirmed a cycling infrastructure plan for the period until 2030.

According to Ilze Dimante of the city's Traffic Department, the plan features a new trail from Ziepniekkalns suburb to the city center as well as across the river from the Imanta suburb to Daugavgrīva.

While Kaspars Zandbergs of the City for Humans (Pilsēta cilvēkiem) organization is skeptic over the projected cycling trail, saying that the projected Ziepniekkalns is like most of the others is not delimited with a barrier from automobile traffic and thus cannot be safe to cyclists.

He criticized the City Council about not taking cyclists' needs into account, backing his claim with the fact that last year the total cycling trails were actually shortened 350 meters in the city center.

Dimante however admitted to Latvian Radio that Rīga's cycling infrastructure plan is not "carved in stone", suggesting there's room for maneuver.

Perhaps then the Velodati initiative, asking Rīga's inhabitants to send in their cycling routes tracked on their smartphones, will find ears willing to listen as it tries to establish facts over the most popular cycling routes in the Latvian capital.

Here's an older map of Rīga's cycling routes, with projected ones marked in green.

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