bikers of beirut

‘Bikers of Beirut’ is an ongoing photography project that aims to discover, document and celebrate the everyday cyclists – heroes – of Beirut in all their diversity. The project sheds light on the emerging community of people who cycle for everyday purposes, and brings out and celebrates their stories. By sharing cyclists’ experiences, perceptions and opinions, the aim is to ‘normalize’ cycling in the city and expose its benefits and inconveniences through the eyes of people who regularly use the bicycle. Through this, cycling in Beirut becomes more accessible to others, and not just something for triathletes or daredevils, or only in European cities.

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Get to know the Bikers

Siwar Kraytem
Siwar is the brilliant designer behind Beirut’s first and only cycling guide ABCycling in Beirut and also a former bike messenger with Deghri Messengers دغري, and her story with cycling started out of a need for getting around more easily. Siwar’s commutes to university by service were annoying and unpredictable, even though her journey from Mar Elias to Kreitem was not that far. She remembers her childhood going by bike with her father to downtown on Sundays when it would be closed for traffic, “Corniche-style touring on a Sunday”. She had an old bike and decided to fix it and try to cycle to university with a friend who lived close by.
John
John’s relationship with cycling has been blossoming nicely. Here’s how it started: “After a gruelling 90 km 'jaunt' in the mountains and through the Bekaa last year, I realised it was possible to use a bicycle in Lebanon. I decided, upon my friend’s insistence, that I would start riding a bicycle in Beirut. And lo and behold, it turns out it’s easier to get around with a bike than with public transport or in your own car. Since then I bike back and forth to work and often for other errands, and at various places around the country for leisure.
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