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Tough Afghan Girls Fight Harsh Gender Oppression With Their Bikes

Girls aren’t supposed to ride alone in Afghanistan, so a group of them formed a tough (biking) gang.

“So, can you tell me what you’re doing here?”“This bike riding club is to encourage girls to ride here in Kabul. There...

Posted by Humans of Kabul on Saturday, July 19, 2014\n

While experts may disagree, revolutions tend to be fought with weapons, not bikes. But inside Kabul, Afghanistan, an outrageously brave group of Afghan teenage girls are fighting to argue otherwise. Not too long ago, Fatima Haidari and a group of Afghan girls became frustrated that, as women, they weren’t supposed to be out on the streets alone. So they did what most people in this situation would not do: they hopped out of their houses, onto their bikes, and into the streets.

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Poland’s First Openly Gay Mayor Gives up Limos for Bikes

He’s going to cycle to all his civic duties.

Robert Biedron, Slupsk's new cycling mayor. Via Wikimedia Commons.

A newly elected mayor in Poland, Robert Biedron, has already made global headlines for being the first openly gay man to occupy the position. As the mayor of the Polish town of Slupsk, Biedron has access to three limousines, which are available to ferry him about the city. But in a decision demonstrating both fiscal responsibility and sound cardiovascular health, Biedron announced that he’s relinquishing the mayoral limousine perk and instead will use bicycles as his primary mode of transportation.

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A Healthy Cycle for Austin’s Compost Scene

A bike-powered Texas business diverts nearly 100 tons of restaurant and residential food scraps to community gardens and farms.

Anthony Carson of East Side Compost Pedallers. Photo by Veronica Meewes

When Paul Wilson cycles across town, he tends to attract a lot of attention. It’s not due to his attire (or lack thereof—that’s a different story), but rather the size of his cargo load. Wilson is one of the East Side Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas. The for-profit organization is on a mission to reduce landfill waste in Austin one bin at a time, by pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) from homes and businesses to urban farms, schools, and community gardens, where it is composted into rich soil.

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VIDEO: These Bike Tricks Are F*cking Ridiculous

BMX virtuoso Tim Knoll has some amazing bike tricks up his sleeve.

BMX virtuoso Tim Knoll has some amazing bike tricks up his sleeve.

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Safety Made Beautiful: Night Biking Like 'Tron'

Have you ever wanted to bike at night and look like the light cycle from Tron?

Have you ever wanted to bike at night and look like the light cycle from Tron?

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