SAUDI Arabia’s religious police are to allow women to ride motorbikes and bicycles – but only in restricted, recreational areas.
The Al-Yawm daily yesterday cited an official from the powerful religious police as saying women can ride bikes in parks and recreational areas, but they have to be accompanied by a male relative and be dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe dress known as the abaya. Bikes may not be used for transportation.
Saudi Arabia follows an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam and bans women from driving. Women are also banned from riding motorcycles or bicycles in public places.