Recently, there has been a “bicycle boom” in the capital – more and more residents of the city are switching to bicycles, choosing this type of transport not only for walking on weekends, but also for commuting and convenient movement around the city.
The bicycle has a number of advantages over public transport:
Environmental friendliness and economy. Two-wheeled transport does not pollute the environment. No need to buy tickets and stand in queues at the gas station.
Travel speed and convenience. You can move in the right direction along the optimal route, bypass any city traffic jams, and discover new interesting places in the city.
Health. Cycling is an effective way to burn extra pounds, tighten muscles and simply improve your health, while enjoying a pleasant ride around the city.
The “bicycle boom” is forcing Minsk itself to transform and rebuild to the needs of cyclists. New bike paths are being built and existing bike paths are being upgraded. There are even separate lanes for bicycles on the roadway, dedicated crossings, and convenient bike parking on the streets of the city.
Let’s look at the top 10 places where you can enjoy cycling within the capital.
If you want to be alone with nature, but do not want to bother with choosing a route, give preference to a simple solution. The Drozdy forest park area is great for single or family bike rides. Turn off Pobediteley Avenue onto Tikhaya Street and drive quietly into the forested area.
Along the reservoir and in the forest park zone itself, sidewalks are provided, there are recreation areas. The length of the paths in the forest park is about 10 kilometers.
You can turn onto a dirt path that leads along the coast, running straight into the forest.
The Green Meadow area is a favorite place for walking not only among local residents. This is one of the most ecologically clean areas of the city. And from the center you can easily get here.
Tsnyansky reservoir is ideal for cycling. The territory of the park zone is ennobled. You can easily drive around the lake. There are no lifts here. The cycle route runs along paved cycle paths with marked markings. At half of the route, the tracks will be replaced by a dirt road, which will again “grow” into an asphalt one.
National Library – Bangalore Square
The route takes 24 kilometers. You need to start from the National Library and go to Skorina Street in the direction of the Moscow Ring Road. Then you should cross the ring road through the underpass, and you will find yourself near the Park-Museum of Stones.
Then the path runs towards Russiyanova Street to Gintovt and Ostrovskaya. Then you will be close to the Aviation Museum. The route also runs past the BIGGZ hypermarket, Kurapaty and the Tsnyansky reservoir.
The final section of the route is from Karastoyanova Street to the Friendship of Peoples Park.
Such a trip is suitable for those who are tired of riding in the center and want to warm up properly, while resting from the city noise.
Unlike the Chelyuskintsev and Gorky parks, Pobeda Park can be called the most cycling. There are no restrictions on movement for cyclists, and a convenient bike path leads from Nemiga to Pobediteley Avenue.
The park has places for recreation and picnics. Catering outlets are open. There are city beaches, comfortable wooden piers, and Bird Island. The picturesque Komsomolskoye Lake will allow you to enjoy fresh air, tranquility and get real pleasure from city cycling.
This area of the city is suitable for trips in the early morning or evening. During off-hours, it is spacious, beautiful and comfortable.
Osmolovka is considered one of the most beautiful historical districts of Minsk. Low-rise houses built in the European style, quiet cozy courtyards – this place resembles a park or another city in the center of a noisy modern metropolis.
From Osmolovka you can head towards the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater, surrounded by greenery and with one of the most beautiful fountains in the capital.
There are two parks in the area of the reservoir: them. 900th anniversary of Minsk and the park. Greek. You can ride a bike along the coastline. Asphalt paths and recreation areas are provided in the park area.
The Chizhovskoe reservoir is also the starting point of the main Minsk bike path, which is 27 kilometers long. The route stretches along Serebrianka, along the Svisloch, through Gorky Park, along Pobediteley Avenue. The end point of the route is the Drozdy reservoir.
There is a separate bike path with a length of 2 kilometers. Great route for skiing with kids.
The manor house, restored in 2015, is located in the park. The manor-museum acquaints visitors with the life of the former owners – the Prushinsky and Lubansky count families.
The manor and park complex itself appeared in the 18-19th century. The memory of past times is also preserved by the centuries-old linden alley.
The park also attracts visitors with well-groomed, cozy recreation areas. Loshitsa hosts food and music festivals in summer.
Forest park zone “Drazhnya”, “Stepyanka” and “Angarskaya”
The length of the bike path in this area for skiing is 3 kilometers. A convenient place for leisurely walks alone or with a group. From here it is easy to get to the center.
Forest park zone “Medvezhonok”
The forest park is located in the districts of Sukhareva and Zapad at the intersection of Sharangovicha and Yakubovsky streets.
“Medvezhonok” – these are excellent paths lined with tiles or asphalt. There are also trodden paths. There are elevation changes. In the evening, the park is well lit. There are also places for recreation: benches, playgrounds.
“Medvezhonok” is suitable for cycling on a weekday, both in the morning and in the evening. On weekends, it is a little crowded for cyclists, there are many vacationers with strollers and small children.
Going for a ride in the forest park, do not forget about treats for squirrels and birds. Dense vegetation, firs and pines attract many small inhabitants of the forest here.
The place is located in the South-West of the capital, Malinovka, Brilevichi district. You can get here by moving along Dzerzhinsky Avenue.
On the territory of the park there is a section of the Loshitsa River, through which two large bridges and four small bridges pass, connecting different parts of the park area.
The park provides bike paths, benches for rest, playgrounds. This is a great place for a family vacation, picnic.
You can diversify the TOP-10 places for skiing in Minsk by cycling along the Slepyan Skaya water system. The length of the canal is 22 kilometers. The path is crossed by 13 cascades. The route stretches from the Tsnyansky reservoir along the Zeleny Lug microdistrict, the Agat hotel with a spillway dam-waterfall, the Vostok microdistrict, the National Library, and the Children’s Railway. ‘Slepyanka” also goes along the plant. Vavilov, Akademicheskaya, Partizansky Prospekt and Serebryanka streets. The final destination is the Chizhovskoye reservoir.
When choosing the best route, consider not only its length, elevation changes, and the quality of the road surface. Please note that some areas are ideal for skiing on a weekday, early morning or evening.
But regardless of your choice, Minsk is ready to offer dozens of interesting routes both within individual regions and between them. The main condition is your good mood and preparing for the seasonal bicycle.