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Saturday, 4 April 2015

A perfect place for Women to ride bicycle in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

It has been a common phenomenon to see kids riding bikes on compound in Riyadh but cycling is something which has been seen rarely. While residing in KSA I hardly saw bicyclers riding cycles down on footpath. One night I witnessed while passing through my street several blokes of workers on cycle with a long chain of bicyclers. It is a common perception about Saudis that they don’t ride bicycle. Generally Saudi boys are more interested in football instead of bicycling. In KSA there are few bike shops which have stock for women as well. Surprisingly! Well it was not a safe idea to have a bicycle ride in Riyadh while women are not allowed to drive, especially at public places.



 Saudi girls are not encouraged to ride bicycles due to cultural and religious restriction. Such restrictions are considered necessary to keep women secure from any kind of immoral relations and activities in KSA. Women are not encouraged to participate in sports and exercises even after marriage and birth of kids. So off course Saudi women are not then intended mostly to participate in bicycling and bike riding due to cultural restrictions.



Normally young Saudi girls and boys choose desert places for bicycling events on picnics and on wide walk ways along the sides of Al Elb Damn during favorable weather. I often have seen young girls enjoying with different sports and it’s nice to see that their parents don’t restrict them in this practice. But normally these families belong to countries other than Saudis. Several cyclists visit hills outside the Riyadh in order to spend quality time while bicycling away from hustle bustle of city. Women cyclists also try to pedal along with such walking tracks around the DQ despite of its non-smooth edges.




Expats and their teenager kids are often looking for bicycling clubs in city, I would recommend them "Riyadh Wheelers". They have been serving in this field since 1992 and have trained various cyclists. The website of Riyadh wheelers contain all related information.  It is best place to get trained for bicycling and bike riding. This club is famous for its expertise in bicycling and it chooses best places which are suitable for women riders as well. Normally they take bicycling sessions in a remote place Wadi e Hanifa which is in outskirts of city. I am also intended to visit this place in order to have a bicycling session outside the city. In this regard I visited the club to take a wheel man with me in desired location for bicycling sessions. Expats residing in KSA can also fulfil their craze of bicycling while visiting Riyadh Wheelers or any other suitable option.



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