Hey look! Pakistan is still about a century behind most of the fucking modern world…

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I’ll admit that I’m sometimes unnerved when my kids — three daughters — get on their bikes. Are they truly visible to motorists? Can I trust them to obey traffic rules without fail, to ignore distractions, to stay safe?

Ah, but at least we don’t live in Pakistan.

On a Sunday in early December, about two dozen women and girls weaved their bikes down the streets and alleys of the gritty Lyari neighborhood in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

They nudged their bikes between rickshaws, motorbikes and crowds of men — men everywhere. Some turned their faces away to avoid the sight of women rattling past on bikes. Others gaped.

A nearby samosa seller, Saqlain Usman, 18, shook his head. His three sisters wouldn’t dream of undertaking such an offensive act. They stayed home, he said, where they belonged.

Female bicyclists are a rare sight in Pakistan. Zulekha Dawood, who organizes activities for a girls’ community center, is among the women looking to change that.

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