A woman rides a bicycle past by a bicycle rental point in central Moscow

Posted June 10th, 2013 at 9:16 pm (UTC+0)
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A woman rides a bicycle past by a bicycle rental point in central Moscow, May 31, 2013. Hoping to ease traffic in one of the world’s most congested cities, Moscow will launch a large-scale public bike hire scheme on Saturday despite fears over road safety. The plan, modelled on similar projects in Paris and London, aims to provide frustrated commuters and tourists with an alternative way to get about central Moscow through 1,000 bicycles docked at around 100 different locations. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA – Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT POLITICS) – RTX1079N

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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