Good news or bad? Dictator orders subjects to ride bikes

Normally we’d be thrilled with a nation’s ruler promoting cycling, but in this case we’re not so sure. According to the Independent, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan has ordered the roughly 5 million residents of the small, Central Asian country to buy bikes in preparation for a mass ride on September 1.

Unfortunately for the population, buying new bikes is likely outside their budget. And Berdimuhamedow’s government is hardly one to respect, with widespread discrimination against minorities and the second worst press freedom in the world behind North Korea, according to Reporters Without Borders.

What do you think? Is forcing people to ride bikes a good idea?  


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