Bicycles to go free on commuter trains as Russian Railways notes World Car Free Day
As part of European Mobility Week, the RZD Holding will mark World Car Free Day, which is held annually on 22 September.
The purpose of the action is to draw public attention to the problems of air pollution and the excessive number of cars in towns and cities.
People taking part in World Car Free Day are invited to refrain from using personal vehicles in favour of environmentally friendly types of public transport, including electric trains, as well as going by bicycle and just walking.
Suburban passenger companies operating on Russia’s railways are supporting the action and initiating various events.
On 22 September, for example, motorists will be able to travel free of charge on Yekaterinburg’s City Electric Train and on Tyumen’s suburban trains within the single tariff zone by presenting the conductor with their driving license and their vehicle’s registration certificate.
Residents of Saratov Oblast, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Khakassia will be able to take bicycles onto electric trains free of charge between 16 and 22 September.
A similar offer is valid for passengers of the Central Suburban Passenger Company and the Moscow-Tver Suburban Passenger Company from 17 to 22 September on the Moscow transport hub.
Passengers of the North-West Suburban Passenger Company in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region will be able to transport bicycles on electric trains free of charge from 22 to 24 September.
Railway communication is the most environmentally friendly and accessible form of transport in Russia.
Suburban commuter trains carry about 1 billion passengers annually and according to statistics are used by one in every six Russians.
Russian Railways pays great attention to reducing its technological impact on the environment, ensuring environmental safety and preserving natural systems.