Feature

Bicycles: The Future of Transport in Egypt?

Bicycles: The Future of Transport in Egypt?
cyling1
Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands

Today, more than 3,000 people in Cairo participated in the 2014 Orange Bike Day organized by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Egypt.

The event, held in Zamalek, kicked off at 9AM and quickly turned streets often chaotic with whizzing cars playing a symphony of horns into a wave of cyclists, most dressed in orange.

Credit: The Embassy of the Netherlands
Credit: The Embassy of the Netherlands

This year’s successful event, the third of its kind, shows that cycling is gaining momentum as a sustainable method of transport in Egypt.

“It was grand, bigger than ever with 3m000 people. According to bikers participating, Orange Bike Day is now the biggest bike event in Egypt,” said Netherlands¬†Ambassador Gerard Steeghs following the event.

Orange Bike Day was initially started to raise awareness of the health and environmental benefits of ditching vehicles for bicycles. Along with multiple events held in the past year – from cycling events aimed at battling cancer and confronting sexual harassment, to Egyptians joining international cycling competitions and marathons – it is clear that cycling is quickly becoming more popular in Egypt.

Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands
Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands

With Egypt’s roads being among the most deadly in the world, many have called on the government to support alternate methods of transport. From special cycling lanes to ensuring safety for all cyclists, activists have campaigned for the promotion of such alternate transport methods, which they also claim will help combat Egypt’s environmental problems.

cycling3
Credit: The Embassy of the Netherlands

Egypt arrests suspect after 'terror threat' to international schools
18 High School Students Killed in Fiery Crash in Egypt

Subscribe to our newsletter


Feature

More in Feature

Behind the scenes of the filming

Redefine Ability: An Egyptian Campaign Changing How We View Ability

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 11, 2017
fit

How Has the Floating of the Egyptian Pound Impacted Egypt’s Real Estate Market?

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 4, 2017
direxiona

Direxiona: Egypt’s First Driving Platform for Women

Nouran AllamDecember 27, 2016
mentalhealth

Are Psychiatric Hospitals in Egypt Hurting Mental Health Care?

Mustafa Z MirzaDecember 13, 2016
victimscairocathedral

Remembering the Victims of the Cairo Cathedral Terror Attack

Egyptian StreetsDecember 12, 2016
01ea6fda4ec705de1f0d8307df4aad284af86e9fad1a6e2ae0a0f14630297bf5

Meet the Company Redefining Egypt’s Health Insurance Market

Enas El MasryDecember 4, 2016
13920532_1736726203248967_2577116043429050990_o

Making #HerStory Matter: Promoting Gender Equality on Arabic Wikipedia

Egyptian StreetsNovember 27, 2016
ahmed saied

‘We Made Chess Out of Soap’: Exclusive Interview with Released Political Prisoner Ahmed Saied

Aya NaderNovember 23, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.