Whenever we might feel aggrieved at some driver or the council for some bizarre cycling lanes, spare a thought for the women of Iran who are made to feel morally bad for riding a bicycle!
This feature in The Guardian details how Iranian women are riding regardless, which should surely be encouraged in cities like Tehran where car pollution is incredibly high.
Photographs of Iranian women on social media of themselves on their bikes can be found with the hashtag #IranianWomenLoveCycling.
One woman posted a photograph of herself on a mountain bike stating: “When I was a child, my parents did not buy me a bicycle. They said a girl does not ride a bicycle. But I did not give up. I would jump on my youngest brother’s bicycle and ride it in small (alleys), even competing with other boys … I tell this story for those who think (they) can ban us from doing the sports we mostly enjoy with rumours and threats. We will not give up easily!”
One point the article makes is especially relevant to electric bikes, as the city of Tehran has many hills - Iran, join the e-bike revolution!