Girls on Bikes take to the streets in Karachi

Published: April 3, 2017
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A woman flashes victory signs as she rides a bicycle during Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman flashes victory signs as she rides a bicycle during Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman flashes victory signs as she rides a bicycle during Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS Women ride bicycles while taking part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood A girl rides a bicycle as she takes part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood A woman and her daughter ride bicycles as they part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS 15 girls participated in the bike rally. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS Similar events were held concurrently in Islamabad and Lahore. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS The female bikers were riding to promote women reclaiming public spaces. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Abdul Sattar Edhi Avenue played host to a group of 15 female bicyclists on Sunday morning, as a group of girls held a rally from McDonald’s to Salt n Pepper Village.

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The rally, titled ‘Girls on Bikes’, was hosted by Girls at Dhabas, a group that promotes women claiming public spaces. “We did it last year as well and this year the idea was to keep it going and let the girls come out and interact with each other,” said one of the members of Girls at Dhabas, Natasha Ansari.

The female bikers were riding to promote women reclaiming public spaces. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

The female bikers were riding to promote women reclaiming public spaces. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

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Similar rallies were held concurrently in Lahore and Islamabad. The reason for holding these rallies is to make a collective effort for women to interact with each other and make it easier for them to access public spaces, explained Ansari.

Women ride bicycles while taking part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Women ride bicycles while taking part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Minal Rehman, a student from the Indus Valley School of Art and Artchitecture and a participant of the rally, said events like this should be organised more frequently. Rehman also participated in last year’s Girls on Bikes rally. “The timings should be earlier for cycling,” she suggested. Agreeing with her, another participant pointed out that the rally should be held earlier, at about 7am.

15 girls participated in the bike rally. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

15 girls participated in the bike rally. PHOTO: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS

Ansari wore a sign on her back in solidarity with victims of the attack in Parachinar and to mark her protest against the bomb blast. “I wore [the sign] so that I can also record my protest as there is a lot of discussion on social media about the lack of media coverage and no discussion over the lives lost,” said Ansari.

A girl rides a bicycle as she takes part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A girl rides a bicycle as she takes part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Full Throttle Pakistan was also present at the event to rent out bicycles and helmets to the participants who did not have their own, thereby increasing the number of people who could participate in the rally. They were renting out the bicycles for Rs600.

A woman and her daughter ride bicycles as they part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman and her daughter ride bicycles as they part in Girls on Bike rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

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  • JEEP
    Apr 3, 2017 - 10:41AM

    WOW. Such a long rally. Recommend

  • Aware Citizen
    Apr 3, 2017 - 11:37AM

    Good ! if laws kept working there will be no issue.Recommend

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