Photo: AFP On the usually traffic-clogged streets of Tunisia’s capital, cyclists are pedalling away peacefully on empty boulevards, enjoying a night-time ban on vehicles introduced to help stem coronavirus.
"It’s a great feeling," said 25-year-old Oussama Mraidi, sporting a cycling top and helmet.
"With the road empty you can drive fast and you feel safe… there are no cars tailgating you".
Last month the authorities took the step of banning motor vehicles from the streets between 7:00 pm and 5:00 am.
An overnight curfew for people does not come into force until three hours later, at 10:00 pm. Now, at dusk, after people have broken their day-long fast for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, bicycle fans in Tunis are taking advantage of the absence of cars to ride freely and promote the benefits of two wheels.
A group of cyclists meet in front of the imposing stone arch of Bab El Bhar, marking the division between the old town of Tunis and the wider streets of the more modern city.
‘The road is ours’ Several dozen bike fans meet for a night ride across the city, organised by cycling campaign Velorution.The group works to promote bikes in the North African nation — and organisers hope the cycle rides will showcase the benefits of bicycles as an ecological, economical and healthy means of transport.Zooming down the clear streets, the pelotons sped along the iconic Habib Bourguiba avenue, pedalling past its long rows of trees and streetlamps, on roads usually full of honking traffic.Then they sweep […]