Uphill battle but Tehran aims to become bike-friendly

One sunny day, Tehran’s mayor and foreign diplomats rode bicycles through the Iranian capital to promote cycling — no mean feat in a city of steep roads, heavy traffic and toxic fumes.The metropolis of over eight million at the foot of the Alborz mountains is choked with vehicles running on subsidised fuel and has limited infrastructure for alternative modes of transport.But its mayor Pirouz Hanachi believes trying to make a dent in the city’s traffic and pollution problem by promoting a bike-sharing initiative is worth the effort. Hanachi has tried to promote cycling by launching “Tuesdays w…

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