Time goes on and trends keep changing in the Pakistani elite circles. From full-option V8 and other multimillion vehicles to cycling, all and sundry is accepted in the country. It just needs to click and voila, everyone starts doing it.
Ever since the social isolation period started, a new trend engulfed Pakistan’s major cities, most of all, Karachi. People have been buying bicycles like hot-cakes and taking rides around the metropolitan city of the country. The healthy activity is very common in the West, especially in Europe. Over there, people prefer riding bicycles even to work, then using vehicles.
A post iftaar scenario of Karachi’s Defence & Clifton will give you shades of a rather new track. Groups in numbers can be seen cruising on the roads, most of the times being accompanied by their cars – which have their staff, guards or drivers.
These bikes are not cheap, nor easy to get. They range from Rs. 20,000 up to Rs. 200,000 depending on the size of your pocket, and the ride you want. Heck, even Mercedes and BMW produce bikes for cruising.
Although the trend is very healthy, good for the body and mental health, it doesn’t come without a cost. Recently, footage of an accident in Defence went viral on social media. Two bike riders were crossing an intersection when a speeding car hit one them. By the looks of it, the rider couldn’t have possibly survived, but we’re hoping for the best.
Even though SOPs have been issued and all riders do wear protective equipment, accidents don’t call before happening. Moreover, street crime is another vice of Karachi that continues to haunt bike riders. If you’re not being accompanied by guards or security, it’s best if you leave your valuable belongings at home.
It seems like for now, the trend is here to stay. Bike rides continue in full swing, some claiming it a therapy, some just doing it for the sake of pictures and snaps on Snapchat. Whatever the case may be, it is always better to be prepared for the worst.