Bike Riding


Three boys pedal their bicycles down a street in Jeddah. Every day I see boys or men here on bicycles. Many of the foreign workers use bicycles as their main form of transportation. Females are restricted from riding bicycles in public here in Saudi Arabia. The main reason cited is that from behind it would show the female’s form, therefore it would be too tempting for men to be able to control themselves. Hence, punish the women by not permitting them to ride bikes in the first place. I should also point out that navigating around on a bike while wearing a floor length abaya wouldn’t be easy either, but the reason women have to wear abayas is also pretty much the same reason why they can’t ride bikes. Because of their gender, females are restricted from participating in many activities here in this country. And I think it’s a shame…

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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2 Responses to Bike Riding

  1. I’m a little behind on my reading and I just saw your post about he heavy rains. I hope things are getting back to normal now. So sorry to hear about the loss of life. More and more cities are less and less prepared for disasters.

  2. Chiara says:

    I was struck by the juxtaposition in the photo of the boys on bikes and the Mercedes Benz sign. Really good shot!

    I guess my teenage biking to lifeguarding job outfit wouldn’t be allowed: very tight and short yellow shorts and matching fitted top with a fairly deep v neck. Maybe that is why my parents insisted I get a drivers’ licence. 😦 LOL 🙂

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