Bicycle riding in Lebanon has seen a comeback in the past couple of years. In northern cities like Batroun and Tripoli, it is no longer uncommon to see bike riders striding down the main streets. Here’s a couple of reasons why it’s gaining so much momentum (yes, I made a pun).
#1 It’s Cost-Efficient
Let’s face it: Buying a bike is way cheaper than driving a car. You don’t have to pay thousands to get a good reliable bike. You don’t ever have to pay gas! The only issue may be biking in the rain, but there’s rain gear specially made for that.
#2 You Don’t Need A License
Biking is nice, especially for young adults who don’t have to wait until they get their license to move from point A to point B. Plus, no police is going to stop you for speeding.
#3 Not Getting Stuck In Traffic
Lebanon’s streets are infamous for their traffic jams. With a bike, you can swiftly ride past traffic and get to your destination without delay.
#4 Bike Rentals Services
In places like Batroun and Tripoli, there are special booths where you can rent bicycles daily, weekly, or monthly. This makes “owning” a bike very convenient as you can pay as you go.
#5 Tripoli Has Its Own Bicycle Mayor
The Amsterdam-based association BYCS appoints Bicycle Mayors around the world. It has created a global network of catalysts who work hard to make their city more bike-friendly and promote biking as an alternative form of transportation. Beirut has one, and now Tripoli does too!
#6 The Terrain Is Flat
In North Lebanon, namely Tripoli, the land is not hilly or mountainous. The flat land makes it very easy for biking smoothly throughout the city.
#7 Convenient Parking
You don’t need to look far for parking spots, especially since North Lebanon has been working to make dedicated parking for bicycles.
#8 It’s Trendy and Aesthetic
There’s a cool feeling that comes with riding a bicycle that makes trendy.
#9 It’s Freeing & Healthy
Maybe it’s the wind in your hair, the cool breeze on your skin, or the possibility to move around and through without inconvenience. One thing is sure: You feel free. Plus, it’s a stress-reliever and a great form of exercise.
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