Friday Funny: Flex Your Way to a Free Subway Ride

As Russia prepares to welcome to world to the 2014 Winter Olympics, subway riders in Moscow are being treated to a free trip. The only caveat: You'll need to complete 30 squats to earn your ticket.

"In an effort to promote both the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and physical fitness, Moscow city officials and the Russian Olympic Committee are allowing subway riders to pay 30 squats instead of 30 rubles (about 92 cents) for a trip on the train," writes Michelle Castillo. "Riders perform the squats in front of a special machine which can tell if the person is in the correct position."

"The task isn't so simple, according to some people who dared to try it out," adds Castillo. "'It was hard at first but I managed it,' Lyudmila, a young woman who tried out the machine, told AFP. 'Two minutes is enough time.'"

Check out the video below to see the machine (and Muscovites) in action: 

Full Story: Price of riding the Moscow subway? 30 squats


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.