Don’t Ride A Bicycle !

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/cycleKMB-thumb.jpg I love to ride bicycles, I have been ridding them since I was a kid. I would have loved to take a ride all over the city on my bicycle but we know that every other day in our city a motorcycle gets squashed on the roads and now even the cars have started getting squashed under the huge and out of control trucks and dumpers. In such insane traffic conditions I don’t quite fit on the road peddling a tiny bicycle.

But I can still ride one around my neighborhood and while i do, besides all the joy I am saving environment from pollution, benefiting from a healthy physical activity and saving fuel which otherwise I would have turned into carbon monoxide circling in a two mile radius around my hood.

But No, because when they (the people) see me on a bicycle they say “Yaar aab to tum Baray Hoo Gaeey hoo” (Dear you are a grownup now), or “You should giveaway your bicycle, for haven’s sake you have a car now”. Besides all sort of taunts I get pushed off roads by cars, motorcyclists and even pedestrians who choose to walk on the road side leaving the footpath for the stray dogs to sleep on and If I park my bicycle In front of a shop I am asked to move it aside, but if I block the whole shop front with my car he wont say a word to me.

Seriously I have come to this conclusion that if you’re are not a kid and want to be respected, don’t ride a bicycle but again I am one of those freaks who care more about what is right and not about what people think is right so I care a damn what they think of me because I love my bicycle.

20 Comments so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    Buddy I ride my bike ( cycle ) everyday to Hillpark , initially I did get weird looks but now people are used to it .


  2. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    How truely said !

    I love to ride my cycle too and get the same taunt from everyone!

    let me share an incident of my own, few weeks ago I was to get an appointment for Dr in Patel Hospital (Gulshan) its about one kilometer away, so I went on my cycle, when I reached there the gate keeper told me to park the cycle outside the hospital !! I was astonished ! how could i leave it outside!! after some heated argument I had to leave it parked just at gate (inside this time) and quickly got an appointment and got away !

    If you are an avid biker , you will have to face such incidents every day !


  3. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    I was surprised to see even old people enjoying cycle ride when I first came abroad. But heat in Karachi really makes it difficult and yes the taunts you receive. We tend to copy the developed nations but for some reason leave really good habits like cycling, early to bed early to rise etc. This is weird attitude I can’t understand.


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    my personal opinion is that every one should go to work on cycle and all these fancy cars should be allowed on the road just on Sundays..


  5. Anon (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    I intend to build a bicycle trail track in 2010. Land is too expensive so you guys/gals will have to drive a little to get to it. The fee to enter is RS 50.00


  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    Jamash, RIDE ON!!! :-))


  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    I had a bicycle i use to ride, till i was 34, It was a Raleigh. Yellow fenders and Green frame – Tricircle China Dynamo One head lamp one rear red lamp and a BEE monogram Ghuntee.

    It was given to me by my Grand father when I was in class 10th, it was a full size cycle for me – time passed by and i learned to fix it myself,

    One day in late 90s’ my nephew took it and came back walking it was stolen outside the barber shop.

    tried one sohrab cycle but it ticked me off.
    since then I only look at bicycles,

    Keep it up keep padelling its GOOD for health and keep you in RIGHT shape


  8. Kashif (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    main bhi bara ho kar bicycle chalaoon ga


  9. polly (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 5:16 am

    There is something not right with our society. I have this uncle who always cycles to work. He has this old sohrab and he always dresses very simply and in a khameez shalwar. He was telling me that one day on the way back from his factory, this couple in a car took a blind turn and almost ran him into him, so like it always happens a shouting match ensued between the guy who was driving and my phuppa, during which the guy’s wife told her husband to stop arguing with the illiterate guy and she said so in English thinking that he won’t understand. At which point my uncle really started his tirade in a very flamboyant English after which the shocked/surprised couple just apologized and drove off.
    There are a few things about this episode which really struck me as being sad. A person who rides a bike is looked down upon. A person dressed in a simple khameez shalwar would probably be treated worse then a guy wearing a pant and a shirt. And its really disappointing that there are people who equate knowing English as a status symbol.


  10. anon (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    I once rode my bike all the way from Saddar to a friend living at Zamzama. Got there in 30 mins. It was good. You can only imagine the old-reminisced-feeling I got when I paddled hard all the way up to the top of the Clifton bridge and let go.. soothingly swaying to the bottom :)


  11. anon1 (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 7:14 am

    I once rode my bike all the way from Saddar to a friend living at Zamzama. Got there in 30 mins. It was good. You can only imagine the old-reminisced-feeling I got when I paddled hard all the way up to the top of the Clifton bridge and let go.. soothingly swaying to the bottom :)


  12. anon1 (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    I once rode my bike all the way from Saddar to a friend living at Zamzama. Got there in 30 mins. It was good. You can only imagine the old-reminisced-feeling I got when I paddled hard all the way up to the top of the Clifton bridge and let go.. soothingly swaying to the bottom :)


  13. mansoor (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    anon: that reminds of a story we had in english lit back in school….

    jamash: i used to love riding my bike too, but it was mostly with friends inside the colony. Sometimes, my cousins and i would hire bikes from cycle shops and go biking around :p it used to be so much fun! but somewhere along the way, i stopped… and now, at times, i do miss it. Lovely post buddy! keep the memories coming!


  14. Sufi (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    I still ride my bike whenever I feel like. Our society has weird stereotypes. What’s wrong in riding a bike? Maybe a lot of people will shut up if you buy a really expensive bike and tell them that you bike is more expensive than their cars. But why bother about what anyone says.

    Jamal, you really do know your bike very well.

    Jaad Syed, if you are an avid biker you should keep a ‘lock’ attached to your bike my friend.


  15. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 5:02 am

    very interesting discourse.
    wonder how will we react when a girl is found cycling her way through society…:)


  16. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 5:09 am

    @POLLY great stuff man. i love doing that.
    one of my friends once returned from rivand and was looking a total commoner, got a similar treatment but on his english reply, got a similar reaction to those car junkies…

    btw, here in germany, very few people have a high status, i mean very few of them speak english :)


  17. Masti (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 7:12 am

    Ride on! I think Karachi should have a Ride-Your-Bike-To-Work Day. However as a girl I can’t see myself ever riding a bike in Karachi (let alone deal with the crazy traffic) unless it’s 6-7am down my gali on a weekend morning…


  18. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

    Bicycles are extinct in our society. At the most, they remain more of an artform, to be discussed at such forums. It is a symptom of how materialistic and status conscious our society has become.

    Healthy habits are mendatory in building a healthy nation. For loser nations like ours, eating till you are stuffed to the throat is the most popular passtime, seconded by watching TV 8 hours a day.


  19. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    @ Sufi !!

    Even with lock ! its not hard to pick it and get away with !

    any way ! I kinda forgot my kerys at home that day ! [:D]


  20. ultradawn (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Dear Pakistani friends,

    Please do not listen to those who say not to ride your bikes. RIDE your bikes, it is the right thing to do. And please, please, get your women and girls to ride bikes too, it it ithe right thing to do for health for fitness for emancipation!

    If you ever can come to Denver Colorado USA I will ride bikes with you!

    P.s you are all speaking English very well! It is not a status symbol it is a communication tool. I wish I could speak Pakistani language.

    Peace and love,

    dawn



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