After many calls by the civil society, sports teams, artists and journalists, the Baghdadis rode their bicycles through the streets of Baghdad in the morning of Saturday, February 4, 2017 raising the slogan “I have a dream … I have a bicycle”, in order to break the social restrictions against girls’ riding bicycles in public, beside disseminating a message for peace and love.
Haider Ali, was one of the organizers of the activity and a member of Sport Against Violence team, said: “This bicycles race have many objectives in different aspects, the most important is the healthy, environmental and sporting side, furthermore, this activity promotes for the Iraqis right to exercise their freedoms as citizens inside their country, also to reflect another image for Baghdad, for from wars and explosions, and to show that Baghdad is and will always be the city of peace and love”.
Haider added:”Solidarity with women and their rights to ride the bicycle in the streets was one of the important objectives of this activity. Moreover, many artists, journalists and athletes have participated in the activity to express this solidarity.
He also added that his team has planned for this event since weeks ago, together with many artists, journalists, athletes, civil society organizations and volunteer teams, such as Tower of Babel, Baghdad Road Bike team, and the team of Sport Against Violence. He explained that this event was supposed to take place earlier this year but it was postponed because of the kidnapping of the journalist Afrah Shawqi who was one of the organizers.
The event took place in the street of Abu Nawas in the center of Baghdad and more than 300 people from both genders have participated and rode their bikes in the street. At the same time and on the sidelines of the activity the artist Mohammad Al-Maoyasar opened his exhibition that included paintings for bicycles on the Tower of Babel Hall.