Several dozen cyclists staged a rally in front of Smolny on the morning of 11 July. how writes “Fontanka”, they lay down on the asphalt to show that they are the most defenseless road users.
According to the organizers of the action, at least three cyclists have died on the roads of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region over the past 30 days. On June 27, their friend, 23-year-old Eduard Shalukhov, was hit and killed by a car on Engels Avenue.
“The meaning of the action is to show that we are the most fragile and defenseless road users and this inevitably leads to deaths,” the organizers said.
They also created a petition on Change.org. It says that there are only 11 km of bike paths in the city. “The driving culture, traffic rules and infrastructure are such that it is unsafe for absolutely everyone to be on the streets: for pedestrians, cyclists and even motorists,” the authors of the text said. They also recalled the non-penalty threshold, which actually increases the speed of movement in the city up to 80 km / h.