Riga becomes more and more eco-friendly and the city’s bicycle path network is constantly growing, but this bikeway from Riga to Jurmala was the very first one in Riga. It’s oldest part was built during Soviet time in 1985. The path runs along the railway with the same destination.
I’ve been riding this path since I was ten years old. At that time it was a whole adventure to pass from Riga to Jurmala and the way there and back lasted for at least a half day. Now it takes less than 1 hour to reach the sandy beach of Jurmala.
The path is also used by joggers and young mommies with prams, which might be dangerous if they are not walking close to sides. Nonetheless the bikeway is awesome and the environment changes every few hundred meters. The route passes by the railway depot, some industrial areas, swamps, pine forests, railway stations, bridge over Lielupe river and through the city of Jurmala.
It is nice to take a ride with family or friends and have a picnic on the way, somewhere around the Priedaine area or on the coast of Lielupe river.
One of the most interesting sights along the route is the street standpipe which is still active and produces water. Standpipe is located next to Babite railway station.