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Anillo Verde Ciclista de Madrid

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LarsMadrid wrote a review Jan 2018
Seattle, Washington3 contributions3 helpful votes
I'd reckon anyone who has been cycling in other big European cities would agree that there are better places than Madrid to ride a bike...and the Anillo Verde is kind of symbolic for that. While the gesture of creating a bike-path all around the city is definitely appreciated, the execution is absolutely dismal. Signage is often totally missing or misleading, meaning you'll get lost many times and most likely completely lose the track at some point. There are about a million traffic lights, junctions and roundabouts on the route and I don't think I've seen a single one where bikes would have priority, meaning you move painfully slowly because on some sections you literally have to stop every 50 meters. The worst bits are the ones where the cycle lane runs in the middle of a wider road, it then occasionally switches to the side of the road and every time that happens you'll have to wait at a light. If you want to move reasonably fast you are, sadly, much better off on the road. Street furniture is another problem. At every crossing you'll have to go over humps or bumps or some sort of tall curb, definitely don't ride the Anillo on a skinny-tired road bike, it won't be much fun. After several attempts I actually did the entire loop today (on my first attempts I always got lost at some point, this time I used a GPS which helps) and I think on the entire route I probably saw 10 cyclists...which is not much of a surprise, the Anillo just isn't that great for cycling. On the other hand it is very popular with runners, people with with baby-buggies and most of all dogs (some of them a little too aggressive for my taste). Of course everybody's walking on the Anillo, even though on most occasions there's a foot path right next to it. Overall, the Anillo is kind of interesting to do once because it takes you to some parts of town you'd otherwise probably never get to. On the other hand it's painful to cycle on and if you just want to move from A to B by bike you much better off on the road (in most respects). If you want to cycle to exercise I'd recommend the Casa de Campo or the cycle path in the South to San Martin de La Vega instead.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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n2history wrote a review Aug 2016
St. Louis, MO601 contributions228 helpful votes
A lot of effort has been put into this ring ride around Madrid. It mostly is dedicated to biking or biking/walking, but there are some drawbacks, too. The route is not marked so well in places, and not marked at all in others. You have to do more than pay attention, because it is easy to find yourself suddenly without a bike path. In addition, it is easy to end up on a different bike path in some places. Finally, be aware that some of the street crossings are not efficient if you are a road cyclist. Many crossings are designed for pedestrian use, and taking one as marked could mean waiting for three lights to change. Overall, the route was a good challenge.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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