by Bike, Saint Petersburg
Whilst St Petersburg seems a city dedicated to the infernal combusting engined machines I can imagine it being a perfectly cycleable city, during the summer at least. Although the main roads are busy 24/7 and there are no cycle paths (at least none I noticed) a bit of careful planning would allow you to get around using the side streets, riverside walkways and the various gardens and parks.
If you want to rent a bike the city has a public bicycle hire network where you can pick up a bike from one of the stations and return it to any other around the city. The system looks simple enough. You can register using a Facebook account. Then you provide you mobile phone number and pay a 200 rouble, minimum, deposit.
It's not, however a cheap way to get around with hire starting at 1.5 roubles per minute (first 5 minutes are free) and with a daily rate of 600 roubles.
Website below has all the details. They're in Russian but Google translate seems to work fine with it.
With the increasing automobile traffic and lack of bicycle lanes or paths, St. Petersburg is difficult for bicycles. Not to mention icy roads in winter.
However, outside the city there is almost always a footpath off the road for people. Many of these are paved and can make bicycling possible.
In 2007 the first bicylce tours started , 10:30 on Sunday mornings, during the warm months.
You meet at Skat Prokat, 7 Goncharnaya st. (Moscow Station) and rent the bicycle and take the tour. Or just go there and rent a bicycle if your are brave.
Photo: On the road since 2000, Pablo from Argentina is halfway on his journey around the world.
He started form his home in Argentina and now in St. Peterburg Russia for a day or two as he continues. He travels on a budget always looking for sponsors and new friends.
He figures it will be another 4 years (2008) to make it back to Argentina. Say hello!
With Russian traffic you can call this adventurous indeed. But, nevertheless, there are people cycling around Petersburg. In order to have your hands free, you need to be inventive, so that you can transport your loved ones around (see pic).