Yesterday a piece of news about Ms. Tsin, a cyclist from Korea pedalling her way from Finland to Murmansk, reached me, followed by a today’s update to the effect that she got into an accident. It appears she got off lightly thought, and will present herself to the public at the New York Coffee in Murmansk tomorrow as scheduled.
A reminder by Murmansk cyclists that they exist and deserve respect. The event starts at 2pm from the filling station at the crossing of Kolsky prospekt and ulitsa Kooperativnaya, by an advertising billboard. Found at www.hibiny.com.
The sad story of Haruhisa Watanabe, a cyclist who was killed near Kandalaksha just over a year ago, keeps on getting several visits per day. For the benefit of those contemplating a cycling trip here is a compilation of videos to give you an idea of the road environment. Remember it is a concentrate, not your typical traffic situation!
Also see Haruhisa Watanabe
I have no illusions about this country, but … Not all Russian drivers go like crazy and break the rules. Here are a few facts to the history of Japanese cyclist deaths.
Driver of the car that hit the cyclist was a man 56 years old with 30 years of driving experience. He immediately called an ambulance and the police.
December 26, the day of the tragedy – one of the darkest days in the Arctic. 2-3 hours of daylight only. At 10 am (the incident time) are complete darkness. No lighting on the highway. It was 30 degrees below zero and a snowstorm that day.
There have been several attempts to set up bike rental in Kandalaksha, most recently, in Summer 2012, by the Belomorye hotel. None succeeded.
But I just got a word that a new one, this time by big-time cycling fanatics, is brewing. At the head of it is a character who claims out loud that, had humanity opted for bicycles as the main mode of locomotion, things would stink much less than they now do. I, as a skeptic, pointed to China and Cambodgia and other places full of both bikes and violence. To that an older member of the cycling cult responded saying that bikes must be “by choice, not out of need”, and I was beaten.
As a former enthusiast of this mode of transportation in my pre- giant beer-belly days I’m monitoring the bike rental scene and will announce out loud when/if that happens.