This forum has already helped me a lot in planning my trip to Russia this summer, but I have a few questions about cycling in St.Petersburg:
Since we'll be staying in St.Petersburg for 5 days, I thought it would be nice to make a day trip to Tsarskoe Selo by bike. My plan is to rent a bike in the city center, take it on a suburban train to Tsarskoe Selo (I heard that's allowed, right?!), explore the gardens and palaces in that area and then cycle back to the city.
- Is it really allowed to take bikes on the suburban train?
- Is it safe to park our bike outside of the palace grounds (since I don't think they will allow us to take the bikes into the park)?
- What would be the best, most scenic route back to St.Petersburg?
- When looking at google maps, it seems that we have to either cross or drive on highways. Is there a way to avoid this? And is it even allowed to bike on highways/emergency lanes?
I consider myself an experienced biker (go to school by bike everyday and have biked around London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, New York etc as well), but I just want to be sure whether this plan is feasible or not. Any suggestions are much appreciated!