The number of people using bicycle for their daily commute in the city has increased in Kabul city recently.
A number of residents of Kabul said due to the increase of fuel prices and the resulting increase in taxi fare, they are using bicycles.
Reports indicate that currently one liter of fuel costs 76 Afghanis at Kabul fuel stations, where previously it was around 35 Afghanis. It has increased in the last two to three months.
“I cannot afford to pay taxi fare. I often use a bicycle and sometimes walk instead of using a taxi,” said Abdul Qadir, a Kabul resident.
“Using bicycles are cheap and it is also good for the environment because it does not have any emissions,” said Mukhtar Ahmad, Kabul resident.
Residents said taxi fare has been increasing in the capital amid the increase in fuel prices, and due to economic problems they are unable to pay the high taxi fare every day.
“Fuel prices have increased. In the past, taxi fare was 20 Afghanis, now it is around 30 to 50 Afghanis” said Ahmad Zia, a Kabul resident.
“Fuel prices have risen, and taxi fare has also increased. We cannot afford to pay all these expenses and that’s why I have bought a bicycle,” said Mohammad Omid, a Kabul resident.