You think your bike commute is hard? Try Mosul.
Wars always have unintended consequences. In the fight for Mosul, Iraq, it’s the emergence, out of necessity, of a vibrant bicycle culture.
Biking through the rubble-choked streets of this besieged city’s west side, Mohammed Kamal Mahmoud paused to explain his family’s criteria for venturing out aboard its battered, mud-caked, three-speed cycle.
“When the airstrikes are heavy, we are not driving it around,” the mechanic said. As he spoke, Iraqi military helicopters fired overhead, and a few streets away gunfire, mortars and rockets boomed.