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Female Rider Scenario In Bangladesh

Saleh Md. HassanMay 14, 2016

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Female Rider Scenario in Bangladesh, I have been thinking about this topic from few days to write on. So I started to collect some info about the riding of our female rider, and surprisingly found females were riding motorcycles from many years just very close around us. No matter it is in town or in rural, female riders are riding quite frequently in both areas of our country. Therefore today you are welcome here in our discussion on Female Rider Scenario in Bangladesh

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Melusine Mallender in Bangladesh with BWRC

You know biking is the very popular activity at any age of people worldwide. At the core it has no specific race, ethnicity or limitation of community. Everyone from any caste or society like bikes and loves to ride or to roam with bikes.

You also cannot put the biking in a bracket even in consideration of gender at anywhere. But in some sense somewhere female riders somewhat were contrasting due to local culture and regulations.

On the other side worldwide it is very remarkable and of-course encouraging as usually female expertise is. But in South Asian region therefore Bangladesh the prospect is quite a different, sensitive and sometime very much negative.

But there is something very positive in hidden. Hence all the related issues with our female rider, I tried to discuss here. Let’s try to discover our real scenario considering socio-cultural issues with present reality.

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Melusine Mallender

Worldwide female rider scenario

Worldwide biking is considered as sports and other part a regular daily activity. There is no differentiation considering gender. Both male & female rider can ride the bike for their daily necessity, commuting, touring or sporting.

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Female Riders in Foreign

There are many female rider, sports club and biking organizations are rolling worldwide. And female rider doesn’t create any difference where male or female activities are not evaluated in consideration of sex.

So in foreign, in most of western countries even some Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam or India motor biking is a regular activity. Even in some Muslim countries female riders are riding motorbike.

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Female Riders in Foreign

Motor biking is popular everywhere due to easy commuting where most of the situation public transport is quite limited and hassle full. And public transportation system is most of the time not for short distance travel and somewhere not so easy like uneven areas.

You will find there female riders are frequently riding bikes beside the male riders. There also were some hardcore motor biking community and also dirt biker’s community of female riders which we can’t even think in Bangladesh.

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Female Riders in Bangladesh

Female rider scenario in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh the female bike riding scenario is quite different even from our door neighbor Nepal, India or Pakistan. In Bangladesh female riding ability considered with some negative glance. Sometime it quite a bit subject of aggressively taunting or sometime as a poor competitor on the road.

Some people always tend to make harasses for the female riders or treat them very badly. But hopefully situation is not same at everywhere. The trend is changing very fast due to globalization and of-course by the changes in our daily life need.

You know females are riding bike in Bangladesh not from only few years but from many and many years. Female are riding from many years maybe sometime not for passion but for their profession or daily life.

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Bangladesh Women Riders Club (BWRC)

I can remember at least two lady riders of the 90’s generation who used to ride heavy weighted 175cc blue colored Yamaha DT bikes when I was just a school boy. I always loved to see them riding the loud exhausted dirt bikes at my small town. They were so gorgeous and I can remember they were dressed very well with their Hijabs.

Not only that I am quite sure many of you may have seen many female riders who are with NGO services or other social work have been riding bike from many years. I even got surprised when many time I traveled in some extreme rural area in BD where females were very much frequent with riding bike which some of you may not believe.

Whatsoever, you may keep in your mind that our Bangladeshi female riders are riding bike from many many years at the countryside area and maybe that was not seen so frequent in capital in the past.

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Tina; Female Stunt Rider of Bangladesh

In present times at capital and big cities female bike riding increasing remarkably. Ease of self driven transportation rather than the hassles of insufficient public transport made the motorcycle popular within the ladies.

Moreover biking allows time efficiency, fast & frequent move and most of all freedom of the soul. For those reason biking getting more popular in the cities for our daily life.

And one thing we are sure once anyone started biking for their service or daily commuting, after a while they definitely fall in love of riding. Biking becomes the passion of them.

Now a day female biking scenario is changing very frequently and some of our female rider riding bike only for passion and enjoyment. Like other they love to ride and roam with their bike. You may say as they are numbered quite a small, but in real the number is not so small. In support you will find some Female Biker Association in the capital.

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On road real scenario-Public transport is hassle for females

Mobility therefore transportation is a major part of our daily life. For the long distance movement there is no better way than the public transportation system. But in terms of shorter distance it cannot give you freedom of movement.

In our south Asian region specifically in this subcontinent short distance public transportation is hassle full. In terms of Bangladeshi public transportation I think nothing to elaborate the hell like situation.

In our country short distance public transport is very limited, infrequent and harassing. Everyday people have to face some worst situation while commuting with public transportation.

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There is no safe and decent accommodation for our ladies in our public transports. Most of the situation men struggle to tackle the crowd in the public transport and sometime like looses the buttons of shirt getting in or out of the vehicles. In such situation our ladies daily deals with embarrassments and face some extreme troublesome situation.

So in the crowded cities most of the people try to avoid the raddled and poor public transportation and tend to ride own vehicles. In such situation their first priority is Bike which allows comparatively the easy and hassle free transportation.

You are free to commute anywhere anytime using a bike. But public transportation will not allow you such a freedom and decency. Therefore, this trend is now consuming our ladies or girls who are with service, student or even housewives to deal with their daily commuting. And it is somewhat safer, hassle free and also pleasantly maintaining personal decency.

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Social aspect on female rider in Bangladesh

Once decades ago there was a time when females were discouraged from moving out of houses even that was also around our South Asian region. But time has changed and still changing. There are no differences between men and female in consideration of task & responsibilities.

Our fast moving complicated and busy daily life made our females capable to handle any situation with the men at the same row. Females are now active same like the men and very much involved with our daily as well as social life. So there is no way to put them within certain barrier.
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But one thing that is very much appreciated and we are confident that we are always within our tradition, social manner and of-course with our rules of Religion. We should and we would maintain our tradition and religious instructions very seriously as no doubt those are for our welfare.

Considering this point of view some of us may raise the issue of the tradition of keeping our female in the barrier and say biking does not go with the decency. And some of us may discourage this trend of incensement of female riders as most of us are Muslim in our country and we are very much religious with our faith.

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Here we should assure that we always encourage obeying and respecting the rules of religion & belief and of-course maintains the instructions. We always encourage riding maintaining proper dress-up with decency, therefore Hijab for Muslims which surely saves them from the disaster of biking and social cruelty.  And these also help to maintain the rules of religion. Moreover our females will be safe from the foul vision or comments of the foul peoples.

Another thing, biking does not make anyone aggressive. But sometime it helps to be aggressive or indecent; only when indecency, arrogancy are seeded in someone’s core. Most of the time this types of improper mentality develops from their family due to negligence of nursing from their childhood.

You better understand these things cannot be learned completely from public institutes but of-course can be developed only from family. Hence you can not blame biking when doing for regular daily commuting or passion while maintaining social and religious manners & regulations. And most of the time biking is far better from dealing with the embarrassing public transport.

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Female Technician in Bangladesh

What Should We Do For our Female Rider?

We know our culture as does our ladies. As they have some responsibilities of maintaining our regulations same also applicable for us. We can’t ignore female activity in our family & social life, and can’t keep them out of our daily life race.

So we should help to get them comfortable spaces, so that they can carry their daily responsibilities within our culture. We should make situation in favor so that they can maintain their decency, honor and dignity.

They are our family, so do not make them dishonored insulted or disgraced. As a responsible person everyone has some responsibility for our family members, society therefore county and mankind.

Please keep yourself in manner. You know your behavior shows your family and your core. Don’t put then under question. Behave mannerly with our ladies; that will delight your personality and of-course your family.

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Massage For our Female Rider

Dear ladies, you know who you are and what your culture is. Please respect and maintain our regulations as you always do. We are here beside you to help for better. Not to worry just move forward with your culture and religion; therefore some advices for you. We will be honored to ride beside you as we are all from a family.

  • Please maintain our social & religious manners as you always do.
  • Cover yourself with proper clothing and riding gear which surely safe you on road from dust, dirt and dirty sight of foul people and ensure your safety in every aspect.
  • Avoid night riding and also at rough weather.
  • Try to get knowledge with some general maintenances of bike.
  • Try to avoid the foul racers on the road and don’t hesitate to slap on the face of the foul commentators.
  • Always keep a known security forces number for safety in odd situations.
  • Do not lose confidence on the road at any situation.
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Female Riders in Rally in Bangladesh

Endnote on Female Rider of Bangladesh

So readers I am near to end. I have tried to discuss most of the corners related with female bike riders therefore their biking scenario in Bangladesh within our social environment.

We think you will be agree with us that, biking is a regular activity with which any man or woman can be involved. And it is not out of our sociality and manners if we take it carefully within our culture. So anyone can use bike with maintaining our tradition and culture.

Therefore let us work together to make the road equal for all, safe for all, decent for all. We should always respect each other, help other and honor everyone’s dignity. Let’s ride together and don’t forget to share your views with us considering this Female Rider Scenario in Bangladesh. Thank you all.

Not a road maniac rather than a simple bike enthusiast & absolutely a home bound soul… who sometime unleashes the inner ascetic to sit on the saddle and strike hard the stallion toward the wide and unseen trail like an outlaw…\\m//

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