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Cyclists get a bumpy ride in Beirut

Cyclists are becoming a more common sight on Beirut's treacherous roads, despite a lack of safety infrastructure.
A man rides a bicycle near decorations erected ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho - RTX1GRZD

Beirut could be considered one of the world's least bike-friendly cities due to its air pollution and traffic jams. But more and more residents are riding bikes during the day — and night.

Every Thursday night, cyclists wearing helmets and reflective yellow cuffs for visibility cruise bravely on the main roads with Cycling Circle, a company that specializes in cycling projects in Lebanon. Karim Sokhn founded the company in 2012 to share his passion for cycling with others. Since then, he has organized rides in Beirut and biking trips to villages and historical sites around Lebanon.

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