„A group of women has reportedly been arrested for riding bicycles in Iran and made to sign pledges not to repeat the ‚violation‘. They were planning to participate in a cycling event in the north-western city of Marivan when police told them a new government directive had barred women riding bicycles in public. The opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran said officers ordered them to sign written pledges vowing not to repeat the ‚unlawful violation‘ and took several women who protested into custody.
Female cyclists have long been a subject of controversy in the country, where they risk being punished for flouting modesty laws imposing strict dress codes in public. Official signs appeared in May saying ‚bicycle riding for women is prohibited‘ in public walkways and police chiefs have previously warned that women caught cycling would be prosecuted.“