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There’s an old road from Riga to Jelgava.
You can take this road to cycle from Riga to Olaine easy and safe.
And if you’re looking for a longer and faster ride, with very few people around you, this is a very good option. Half of it is a wide good quality road with few cars, then there’s a decent old asphalt road for some 10 – 15 minutes, and a long stretch of good bike paths as you’re nearing Olaine. All in all, it’s a great place for cycling in Riga.
See the exact route I take below.
1. Cycling From Riga to Olaine: Basics
I haven’t yet done the full ride from Riga to Jelgava.
But from the map it looks like Riga – Olaine is the easiest part of it. It’s more straight-forward, for most part you just follow one road / one street, and then one bike path. And it’s also rather easy to get there from the city center.
DISTANCE: around 27 miles / 43.5 km in total (from Riga city center);
I started from Tornakalns neighborhood.
TIPS: be cautions when you’ll be crossing the railroad. It might be slippery if it has been raining recently, and there might be trains coming from both directions.
2. Getting to the Old Jelgava Road
How to get to the starting point?
If you’ll be coming from the city center, cycle across the Salu bridge (Salu tilts). And then turn to the left on Vienibas gatve street. Follow this street and soon enough you’ll be out of the city and on the Old Jelgava road.
The Old Jelgava road don’t go all the way to Jelgava.
You can only take it to get to Olaine easier than by taking a highway.
3. Cycling From Riga to Olaine: My Experience
There are two things I like about this ride.
First of all, it’s very easy to find it. You don’t have to look for the right road and turn, you just follow one road. Secondly, you can turn around at any point. If you don’t feel like cycling 20 or 30 miles, you can turn around and go back.
And that’s why I like it so much.
Here are a few photos from one of my Riga – Olaine rides:
Have you been to Latvia? Have you tried cycling in Riga or somewhere else? What was your experience of cycling in Latvia?