Saudi Arabia to allow women to cycle!

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Saudi Arabia to allow women to cycle!

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:27 pm

A step in the right direction?

Could Saudi Arabia's laws restricting the free movement of women be softening? Reports from the country's Al-Yawm newspaper suggest that women will now be able to ride bicycles and motorbikes in the Saudi kingdom.

This being Saudi Arabia, there are of course several caveats: Women on bicycles must wear the full-body abaya, be accompanied by a male relative, and restrict their two-wheeled gallivanting to recreational areas.

Still, could cycling help increase women's mobility in a country notorious for its restrictions that forbid women to drive?

Not so fast, says the unnamed official who spoke to Al-Yawm. Saudi women may only use bicycles for fun — not for transportation.

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Re: Saudi Arabia to allow women to cycle!

Postby BaldPatch » Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:59 pm

mmmm will those neck to ankle flowing robes result in accidents from clothing catching in the wheels and chain?

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Re: Saudi Arabia to allow women to cycle!

Postby ball bearing » Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:15 pm

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