Riding a bicycle is one activity that most take for granted, whether it is for recreational purposes or to get from Point A to Point B. But women in Saudi Arabia have been denied the opportunity to ride bicycles in public, until now. Saudi women can now ride motorbikes and bicycles, however, only in restricted, recreational areas, according to the Associated Press.
The Saudi newspaper the Al-Yawm cited an unnamed official from the kingdom’s religious police saying that women are allowed to ride bikes in parks and recreational areas, but they have to be accompanied by a male relative and dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya, the AP reported.
The official reportedly specified that women aren’t allowed to use bicycles for transportation purposes, “only for entertainment,” and they are being advised to avoid places where young men may congregate “to avoid harassment.”
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