Photos: Cyclists protest lack of infrastructure in Rīga

On October 17 a protest was held by the Rīga City Council, with about 100 people asking to improve cycling infrastructure in the Latvian capital, reported LTV.

The protest was staged by the Pilsēta cilvēkiem activist group and the Tur Fix Kru. They asked the city authorities to implement projects that were promised, according to the protesters, but not carried out.

With posters that pointed out several sticking points for cyclists - such as the lack of cycling lanes on Brīvības street and the VEF bridge that is seen as highly dangerous - the protesters also asked to improve connectivity between Rīga neighbourhoods.

They were addressed by Rīga vice-mayor Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Rīga), and protesters criticized him over the fact that there is no person in the council responsible for cycling infrastructure. 

As the number of cyclists is growing rapidly in the Latvian capital, pressure is mounting on Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) and the city's traffic department to introduce more cycling infrastructure.

Last spring activists installed a guerrilla bike lane on the central Brīvības street. It was promptly removed. 

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