5 Places Riding Your Bike Is Banned Or Illegal (you'll Be Surprised)



Lizel

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1. On U.S. Roads and Interstates
That many interstate freeways have prohibited cycling (and other slower traffic) makes sense, when you first think about it. On the other hand, to take such huge swathes of road away from the most efficient riders is also, when you think about it a second time, absurd. Not that city cyclists would want to mix with swift-moving traffic. Just that maybe we should rethink the laws that make car centrism so predominant, and possibly leverage some of the area around those swathes for protected bikes paths, too.

In awful precedent, in Johnson County, Iowa, a petition is currently being circulated to ban all bikes from roads considered 'farm to market,' (state or country roads that connect rural or agricultural areas to market tows) because "shared roadways are no longer safe or practical in today's society." That would deny a significant portion of the less-trafficked roads cyclists and motorists now share to bicycles, and one imagines increase motor traffic. As a side note, while the article on this banning provision states 698 cyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2007, it fails to mention that in 2008, 43,313 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents.

2. In North Korea (For Women)
Since the mid-1990s, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has declared it illegal for women to ride bicycles. Since 70% of households own a bike, there's undoubtedly a lot of illegal riding, as bikes for transport and to aid the commerce at local markets is well-known. Enforcement of Kim Jong Il's purported ruling banning females on bikes is said to be uneven, and involves a fine, rather than directly jail time. Bicycles were also banned up until the '90s in the capital city of Pyongyang.

3. In Saudi Arabia, Women Can't Drive or Bike
While it's hard to fathom, Saudi Arabian women are forbidden from driving or cycling'on public roads.' According to this Utne story, Saudi clerics considered bicycles 'the Horse of Satan" back in the 1960s, and author Marwan Kraidy says a permit was required to ride one. Things have changed, of course, but gas is cheap and cars are king. The official injunction doesn't mean women never drive or bike, simply that they aren't sanctioned activties, though economic conditions may eventually allow these rules to be softened.
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North Korean had to be involved come on, I wonder why women are forbid to ride...
 

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It makes perfect that cycling is banned on freeways due to the much higher speeds.

It's also a law in the UK too, and duel-carriageways aw well I think.
 

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Dang that is weird how they banned females from riding in Korea. That really is not fair. Hopefully they could change their minds in the future.
 

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ZXD22 said:
Dang that is weird how they banned females from riding in Korea. That really is not fair. Hopefully they could change their minds in the future.

That guy is a fruitcake, lucky he didn't just ban women.
 

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ZXD22 said:
Dang that is weird how they banned females from riding in Korea. That really is not fair. Hopefully they could change their minds in the future.
Not gonna happen until a radical shake-up of their government happens. The guys a nutter and so was his father.
 

Sunflogun

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A shake up in the government? North Korea is as closed as China and I am not seeing any changes in the decades to come...
 

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Susimi said:
It makes perfect that cycling is banned on freeways due to the much higher speeds.

It's also a law in the UK too, and duel-carriageways aw well I think.
Of coarse. A simple bike lane could make things easier in certain situations though. That goes for any road, not just freeways.
 

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Saudi Arabia keeps their women pretty imprisoned. I don't think women are really allowed to go outside the home much without their husband or another male relative escorting them. It's really sad that they lack freedoms considered a normal part of everyday life in so much of the world. North Korea did sort of surprise me though. I wonder what they were thinking when they made that rule?
 

Sunflogun

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North Korea is beyond awful, I imagine it might be even worse than China or at least in the same level. Russia is going in the same direction with Putin.
 

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Two of the places mentioned concern the women. I think the culture in these countries had to do with the prohibition of women from using bikes. But I could not understand the reason behind as I am more of a person who believes in gender equality
 

Lizel

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ZXD22 said:
Dang that is weird how they banned females from riding in Korea. That really is not fair. Hopefully they could change their minds in the future.
Yes, it's totally crazy. There's no equality between women and men in that country,and there never was. :(
 

Lizel

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Sunflogun said:
North Korea is beyond awful, I imagine it might be even worse than China or at least in the same level. Russia is going in the same direction with Putin.
Yeah those three countries are very aggressive, not only towards their own citizens, but also to the whole worldwide. :-O
 

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Flowing sundresses are not even a real reason, if they only were short flowing sundresses... :p
 

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