Morocco on two wheels

Collection with 25 media items created by Mais Istanbuli ★★★★★

28 Feb 2013 11:00

What places, what parts of the world come straight to mind when you think of bicycles and cycling? Our minds drift almost automatically towards the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, and maybe alsoDenmark. Well, certainly not towards the Arabic world. Traditionally there is no “cycling culture” there, bikes have a rather negative image and are not socially accepted, especially amongst women. But then there is Morocco. Morocco is teeming with bicycles. Older and poorer Moroccans cycle because it is a cheap means of transport. Young people cycle because it is cool. Women cycle because it is practical. Quite rapidly cycling is becoming an inherent part of the local culture. People cycle to work, to school, to run errands, for pleasure. Somehow even cycling in long traditional djellabas is not an issue, even though at first it seems to be verging on impossible. Bikes are everywhere. Everybody uses them. Bike workshops pop up on every corner. Morocco is on two wheels.
Text written by: Anna Blasiak

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Morrocco on two wheels (2 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
23 Feb 2013

A quick break for a keesan of tea. Bikes lined along the kerb.

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Morrocco on two wheels (4 of 25)
Marrakech, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
21 Feb 2013

Little Amsterdam. There are lots of traditional dutchies on the streets of Moroccan towns and cities.

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Morrocco on two wheels (6 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

In Morocco everybody cycles: men and women, young and old.

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Morrocco on two wheels (8 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Red fezzes, scarves, veils and bare heads, long djellabas and jeans, hoodies and tailored shirts, leather slippers and trainers, donkeys and bikes – they all meet at the market.

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Morrocco on two wheels (9 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
28 Feb 2013

Markets are filled with smells of steaming mint tea, the spices, freshly baked pastries, meat from butcher shops, rotting vegetables.

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Morrocco on two wheels (14 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Cycling bridges generations of women. How do you bicycle in a long djellaba?

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Morrocco on two wheels (15 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Will they carry shopping home in the qobs of their djellabas or will they use the back rack of the bike?

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Morrocco on two wheels (16 of 25)
Taroudant, Morrocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Bikes (and people) have a meeting place in a city square. What are they waiting for?

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Morrocco on two wheels (17 of 25)
Essaouira, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
02 Mar 2013

Cycling can be the best and fastest means of transport, both in the countryside and in the city.

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Morrocco on two wheels (19 of 25)
Essaouira, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
02 Mar 2013

It used to be donkeys laden with boxes and baskets of merchandise.

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Morrocco on two wheels (21 of 25)
Igli Sidi Hamed, Morrocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Two frail Davids versus a huge Goliath. You can cram a lot on a bike too.

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Morrocco on two wheels (22 of 25)
Taroudant, Morrocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

What do you do when you run out of eggs while cooking a traditional Kefta Mkaouara? Well, you grab your own egg carton, hop on a faithful bike and go stock up, of course.

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Morrocco on two wheels (23 of 25)
Essaouira, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
02 Mar 2013

A car, a motorbike, a bicycle? Bikes are increasingly popular amongst young Moroccans.

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Morrocco on two wheels (24 of 25)
Marrakesh, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
07 Mar 2013

Marrocco on the two wheels. This tousled, exotic world is often like a surreal dream.