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Voleri is a neighbourhood in Riga next to river Daugava.
According to Wikipedia there are 58 neighbourhoods in Riga.
Having lived in Riga for over 15 years, I have never really went on exploring the city. I would just go where I need, and that’s it. But then came the 2020. I’m in Riga and have a bicycle. And I started to look for interesting places where to go cycling in Riga. Turns out there are some places to be explored.
Like the Voleri, one of Riga’s lesser known suburbs.
Getting to Voleri
There’s no bicycle infrastructure in this part of Riga.
At the same time it’s very easy to get there from the Riga city center, because mostly all you have to do is follow one road. Either by cycling on the road or on the sidewalk. At one point the sidewalk ends, but then there’s a trail next to the busy road. Most cyclists take that road. I recommend you to do the same.
That’s the main reason I would recommend you to go on a ride in Voleri, that small village feeling.
All the way until this point – where the Voleri starts.
If you need a bike, it’s very easy to rent a bicycle in Riga.
Cycling in Voleri, Riga
I don’t have a plan for you to follow — Voleri isn’t that big place anyway.
Just sit on your bike, pedal once in a while, and let it take you around the area.
All in all Voleri feels a lot like a small town in Latvia. Like a village. But unlike most villages in Latvia it’s next to a big river and with big non-accessible areas, because of the nearby port. And that’s the main reason I would recommend you to go on a ride in Voleri, that small village feeling.
Have you been to Riga? Did you visit Voleri? Did you try cycling in Riga? What was your experience?