Most Muscovites feel that getting on a bike in this city is little short of lunacy, and not without good reason.

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Most Muscovites feel that getting on a bike in this city is little short of lunacy, and not without good reason. This week, the temperature is hovering around 37C, and an acrid smog is hanging over the city from burning peat bog fires. For months in winter, it’s icy cold and the roads are treacherous. And throughout the year, Moscow’s streets are polluted, jammed and full of motorists who take a Social Darwinist approach to driving.

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