Saudi Arabia to let women ride bicycles - but subject to very strict conditions

Riding confined to recreational areas under supervision of male relative and women must wear Islamic dress

by Simon_MacMichael   April 2, 2013  

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Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to ride bicycles for the first time in the Middle Eastern state – but they will be subject to severe restrictions while doing so, reports Aljazeera, citing a report in the newspaper Al-Yawm.

An official from Saudi Arabia’s religious police quoted on Al-Yawm said that women would be able to ride bicycles or motorbikes in recreational areas, with the proviso that they are accompanied by a male relative and also wear the abaya, the Islamic garment that covers the body from head to toe.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving, and they will only be permitted to use two-wheelers “for entertainment” and not for transportation.

They have also been told to avoid locations where groups of young men gather “to avoid harassment.''

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"They have also been told to avoid locations where groups of young men gather 'to avoid harassment'."

I doubt they'll be on a UCI podium any time soon.

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posted by Bez [371 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 11:29

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Good to see Saudi Arabia boldly striding into the 19th century.

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posted by joemmo [796 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 12:05

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Indeed. Shame the poor fellow who was recently put to death by crucification recently won't be able to witness this forward thinking

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2nd April 2013 - 12:57

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joemmo wrote:
Good to see Saudi Arabia boldly striding into the 19th century.

BC.

I'm a human being, God damn it! My life has value. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.

posted by Carl [134 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 17:10

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