Tourists in Moscow have nowhere to go because there are too many cars in the center. This conclusion was made by Alexander Shumsky, head of the center for the fight against traffic jams, and now also an adviser to the deputy mayor Pyotr Biryukov. With the filing of Shumsky, the government of the capital is discussing the issue of restricting the movement of cars on Tverskaya Street on weekends.
At first, Shumsky proposed closing Tverskaya in the section from Boulevard Ring to Mokhovaya Street on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If the experiment does not cause any serious transport problems, then they will start blocking the street on Saturday at the same time, and perhaps the rest of the street will be freed from cars - to the Garden Ring.
“On weekends, traffic flows are not as large as on weekdays,” Shumsky commented to us on his initiative, “so this will not lead to any collapse.” People will simply choose detour routes in advance. We can observe the same thing, for example, in Kiev. Khreshchatyk every weekend becomes the main place for walking. And we can only walk along the road except on the Arbat.”
In addition to Old Arbat, Kamergersky, Ipatievsky and Lavrushensky lanes are completely pedestrian, and partly pedestrian are Klimentovsky and Stoleshnikov, as well as Kuznetsk bridge.
They have been thinking about increasing the number of pedestrian zones in the city’s center for a long time. In the mid-2000s, seeing the success of the Old Arbat, the authorities decided to make the pedestrian and the New. It was planned to put traffic on the government highway into the tunnel, and give the entire carriageway to the pedestrian zone, renaming the street Arbatsky Boulevard. Significant funds were allocated from the city budget for this project. The authorities also intended to ask the federals and private investors to invest. But soon the economic crisis came, which ruined the idea.
An example of the allocation of the main street for pedestrians at the weekend was the Kiev Khreshchatyk. An example of the allocation of the main street for pedestrians at the weekend was the Kiev Khreshchatyk.
The last time the issue of allocation of pedestrian zones was raised in December, but then such drastic measures as the Tverskaya overlap were not in thoughts.
The list of streets that can also become pedestrian are Ilyinka, Maroseyka, Pokrovka, Bolotnaya, Pyatnitskaya, Chistoprudny Boulevard, Armyanskiy and Bryusov Lanes, as well as a 9-kilometer stretch of the Moskva River embankment, starting from Bolshaya Ordynka and ending in the Sparrow Hills area. Embankments are not very busy with private transport, and buses and trolleybuses do not go there.
Sergey Nastin, editor: