Posts tagged as Riga

Bicycle lane experiment in Rīga center launched

Friday, November 13, 2020

This week the municipality of Rīga has fulfilled the previous decision that temporary bike lanes should be installed on the freshly repaired Čaka/Marijas Street, Latvian Radio reported November 13. Traffic Department spokesman Austris Keišs said that the success of the experiment will be assessed in the spring. Specialists had warned the City Council that such a step would significantly increase congestion, which would also include public transport. And indeed, on weekday…

Citadele bank HQ in Rīga bought by Lithuanian investment fund

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The business center that hosts the headquarters of Citadele bank has changed hands with the help of a 27 million euro loan from rival bank SEB. Lithuanian investment fund Lords LB Baltic Green Fund (V) has purchased the business centre in what is described as “the largest transaction in Riga’s office space market in 2020.” According to Marius Junda, Lords LB Baltic Green Fund (V)’s Manager, this investment will strengthen the fund’s…

Rīga airport passenger turnover down almost 90% in October

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

In October this year, compared to October last year, the number of passengers serviced at Rīga International Airport decreased by 87.2%, according to operational data on the airport’s performance published November 4. In October, 90 500 passengers were serviced at the airport – over 600 000 passengers fewer than in October last year, the airport said. The majority, or 60.1% of passengers served in October, was transported by the national…

Čaka/Marijas Street to have temporary bicycle lanes

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

On an experimental basis, temporary bike lanes will be introduced on Marijas and Aleksandra Čaka Street, as decided at the meeting of the Traffic and Transport Committee of the Riga City Council on Monday, November 2. The Riga City Council announced that the experiment with temporary bicycle lanes will be launched in December and will last until April. “There are newly finished repairs on Čaka Street, and there is a variety of…

No entrance through front door on Rīga public transport

Monday, October 26, 2020

From Tuesday, October 27, boarding and exit on all bus and trolley bus routes in Rīga will only be organized through the middle and rear doors, Rīgas Satiksme transport company said October 26. Ticket sale in public transport is not currently being stopped, tickets will still be available for purchase with the driver. Rīgas Satiksme asks passengers to purchase tickets prior to the ride as far as possible. If a…

Moose catches a ride from Rīga to Liepāja

Monday, October 26, 2020

The moose who was seen running errands in the center of Rīga Tuesday morning has been given a lift to forests near Liepāja, Latvian Television reported October 24. On Tuesday,  eyewitnesses reported seeing a moose in Rīga center – first shopping at a DIY store, then waiting for a train at the Central Station, evidently missing it and opting for a swim in the River Daugava. The animal apparently decided to wait…

Rīga airport passenger turnover down by 71% this year

Friday, October 23, 2020

This year so far, Riga International Airport serviced 1.87 million passengers, which is nearly 71% less than last year, airport spokeswoman Laura Kulakova told Latvian Radio October 23. In the summer, there were a little more passengers than in the fall: this year in July, the airport serviced 77% fewer passengers than in July 2019, but in September, compared with September last year, the drop was 84%. In October, compared to…

Latvia: Moose visits DIY store, misses train, takes a dip instead

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Eyewitness reports broke out Tuesday October 20 morning that a rather large individual was running along train tracks on the railway bridge in the center of Rīga. The rash commuter chasing runaway trains turned out to be a rather large moose or elk. The animal was first seen in Grīziņkalna park, later an eyewitness filmed it near a DIY store (receipts were not provided). Next, Latvian Railways (Latvijas Dzelzceļš) cameras caught…

Two tonnes of young pike introduced to Lake Jugla

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Around two tonnes of young pike are being released into Lake Jugla on the outskirts of Rīga October 21 to re-stock the waters. According to a Rīga City Council release, some four thousand juvenile pike fry will find a new home in the large lake, having been raised on the “Ūdensrozes” fish farm of Stalbe parish, Cēsis district. The purchase and release of juvenile fish is financed by the Housing and…

Museum of Magic opening soon in Latvia

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On November 7, magicians Dace and Enrico Pezzoli will open the doors to a Magic and Theater Museum in Rīga, the performers said October 19. The museum is to be located on the premises of former cinema  Liesma , at Vienības gatve 30. The museum will host a collection of magic props and posters dating back to the 18th century as well as an interactive and educational exhibit which would “give…