Egypt Introduced Bike Lanes…So People Used Them As Parking Spots

Egypt Introduced Bike Lanes…So People Used Them As Parking Spots

Via @normandy__ on Twitter

For the first time, Egypt has introduced bike lanes in certain areas of Cairo.

According to social media users, the bike lanes have been spotted in Maadi and on roads leading to Nasr City and New Cairo.

However, many commenters were quick to point out that the lanes will likely be disrespected by drivers. As one photograph from Maadi showed, the bike lanes were already being used as parking spots.

Recently, bicycle enthusiasts had campaigned for the government to introduce bicycle lanes to provide safer travel for cyclists and promote the two-wheeled form of transport.

Facebook user Mohamed Elsalanty says the Ministry of Interior added rubber stops along the lane to prevent cars.
Facebook user Mohamed Elsalanty says the Ministry of Interior added rubber stops along the lane to prevent cars driving over them.

Rise in popularity of cycling

Cycling in Egypt became increasingly popular in recent years, with bicycles increasingly being adopted as an alternate mode of transport for many Egyptians.

Events, including a yearly event by the Embassy of the Netherlands, Train For Aim, and other athletic groups, are also gaining popularity, with some cyclists participating in international events.

Cycling has also been used by activists, and particularly women’s rights groups, to raise awareness for societal issues. Last month, Egyptian Streets interviewed the youngest solo cyclist during his attempt to ride across Egypt to promote local tourism.

Moreover, for the first time in 13 years, a bicycle tour organized by Tour d’Afrique kicked off from the Giza Pyramids, taking 32 cyclists from 10 countries across Africa from Cairo to Cape Town.

Perhaps the most significant endorsement has come from Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who has appeared in at least two marathons and is known to be an avid cyclist.

Days after being elected President, Mr Sisi called on Egyptians to ditch motor vehicles for bicycles.


The President explained in his speech how the use of alternative transport solutions will save for the average Egyptian EGP 4 ($ 0.56) and the government EGP 8 ($ 1.12) per a 20 kilometer travel distance.

A recent study released by the World Bank reveals that Cairo’s traffic costs the Egyptian state EGP 47 billion (USD 6.5 billion) annually and is expected to reach EGP 105 billion (USD 14.6 billion) by 2030.

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  • Wessam Ahmed

    Typical attitude. Sometimes I wonder if it’s stubbornness or plain idiocy that drives Egyptians to ruin any and every attempt at growing our society into a technological, more sophisticated one. I really hope traffic divisions across the capital are aware of this exploitation.

  • Omar Madkour

    Hhhhhh 😀 how will they respect the cyclists as they dont respect our blood
    Its not the people fault only..the people who made this for cyclists should handle all its situations and punishment ways to avoid replaying this fault

  • EGY90

    how can you introduced bike lanes while all other facilities are non existant. if there was proper parking people wouldnt need to park on these lanes. the whole road system needs to be changed, provide proper public transport instead of the wheels of death. I mean either there are really dumb people ruling this country or they just dont give a damn.

  • TricheurB

    At least you don’t have poles, fences and trees on your new bike lanes 🙂

  • mostafa mahmoud

    I am proud of the part of the engineer s who construct this project

  • Rockworm

    As a foreigner, and after visiting Egypt a few times, I don’t believe most Egyptian drivers are disciplined to respect traffic laws. …Cycle lanes will be just another driving lane.

  • Tina Harken Bolandrini

    Bike Lanes should be on a raised level to the road…like they to in Scandinavia…Much Safer

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  • Guest

    And from another angle, something needs to be done about parking spaces.
    People seriously cannot part their cars anywhere because there is no
    space! If they have no choice, they will park somewhere they don’t think
    is important to clear – natural. We need less cars on the street, more
    parking spaces, and proper law enforcement.

  • Maha Khalil

    There is no need to get all negative and cynical about this! This is a great step! It is not surprising at all that car drivers would ignore, disrespect, or simply not notice at all that these are cycling lanes. When you introduce something to a country for the first time, it is expected that there will be a lot of time needed for adaptation. There should just be ways to inform the public (on TV, etc., and public campaigns promoting cycling) of their existence, and people who violate the lanes should be held accountable – tickets, towing, whatever! If this is consistent, it will work! Come on – we thought this would NEVER happen in Egypt! Let’s give it a real try.

  • ramy

    First of all, I live where that new nasr city road passes directly under my home. Second, that road was constructed on an empty piece of land where most inhabitants of the resedential buildings used to park their cars.. as most of you know that all resedential buildings lack a proper parking, so streets are used as parking lots. After this road was finished, residents found that they were deprived of their parking space so they had no other option but to park on the new road that happened to include a bike lane. On the other hand, instead of creating parking areas, a very wide pavement was created to separate the new road from the slow lane in front of the buildings.

    • bo mike

      anyway your answer disturb me. any progress driving a bicycle, would be solution for the heavy traffic, parking a car and walk 200 meter for a wealthy Egyptian? shopping means stand double park in the middle of a street….. second Egyptians use any sign on the streets like decoration, buying a drivers licence, driving selfish ,,, one rule,,, me first.
      now your answer sound again selfish, afraid to park and walk a little? maybe use the space for garbage, another solution for the new ideas to keep the users from a bicycle safe.
      no this is Egypt,,, why cut my freedom of park where i want

      • Maha Khalil

        I love cycling, but I also agree with ramy. Parking space is a serious problem in Egypt, and it’s not just an issue of people being too lazy to park a couple of hundred meters away – you can drive for more than a kilometer and not find a spot, depending on where you are. And honestly people should be able to park their cars reasonably close to their residences! It is good to start a cycling culture because there will be less cars on the street, but the problem has to be tackled from all angles at the same time…

        • shinjo uasane

          Instead of blaming the egyptian people, there are other options. In austria, most bicycle lanes are next to parking. Even in small street, there are one bicycle lane for one way and one car lane for the opposite way next to parking lane, then the next street with opposite way for bicycle. That would be a great option. Those lanes in cairo were only made in middle and rich districts, not even in downtown. There should be a plan to be made for everyone and everywhere.

  • Kareem Gamal

    Well there are two ways to address this, eventually this lane will be loaded with people all the time.

    1st is to report this so the cars would get towed.

    2nd I know this might be barbaric but I’d basically flat all the tires, gotta mark your territory man !!!

    • Minymina

      Flat all the tires?
      You’re……’re a genius!!!!!

    • Ahmaadk

      I think flating the tires is a bit unhelpful, just scratch their hoods or crack their winshields, would piss them off pretty enough

      • Minymina

        X) Awesome.

      • Mustafa Galal

        WTF!!! More ideas please 🙂

    • calen

      Better: Bring your BMX-trick bike and ride over the cars. Want to see the drivers faces!

  • Egypt/Canada/USA

    Lol this is so Egyptian….

    Seriously though, give cars tickets or tow them away. That’s the only way we Egyptians learn, we have to get punished to get the message.

    • Ahmad Mohammad

      ياعم أنت فاكرها كندا…. هي الناس لاقيه تاكل…. مصر خربانة لأن حكامها أفسد من فيها.

      أضبط الأدارة وخلي الناس معاها فلوس بعد كدة طبق الفكر المتقدم…. وفر أماكن للعربيات تركن فيه بعد كدة حاسب الناس

      • Egyptian Canadian

        3andak 7a2 wallahi

    • Chadi Ibrahim

      يا عم بلاش انتقادات علي الشعب ادام الاجانب.

      And by the way, the only reason westerners don’t do the same is because of fear of punishment too. It’s called human nature>

    • Saviour Agius

      It’s the way it works everywhere, not only in Egypt. There’s no nation that is by nature law-abiding. It’s the deterrent that makes people obey the law. Without enforcement you get a jungle.

  • rdlee

    Isn’t there an easy fix for the cars parked in the bike lane? Tow them away. Eventually, people will either learn not to park there, or there will be no more cars left.

  • Sara

    This is exactly why we need a change in our social and cultural understandings and beliefs. Because at this rate, change isn’t going to happen if we ourselves don’t put the effort to change ourselves and alter our thinking

    • Wahid H. Sharaf

      wow….spot on!!! Finally someone else is calling for a change in our social and cultural understanding. Spread the word please :-)!


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