May 17, 2007 -- Iran will soon start manufacturing "Islamic bicycles" for women to allow them to remain largely hidden from view as they ride.
The government newspaper "Iran" quotes an architect of the project, Elaheh Sofali, as saying the bike has a cabin that conceals half of the cyclist's body.
Sofali said the new bike will encourage women's sports in the Islamic republic.
Women must cover their heads and conceal their body shapes in public under Iran's strict dress codes.
Women In Iran
Women in Tehran (epa file photo)
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