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The Chain Effect Promoting Cycling Through Street Art

Cars, beeping, honking, yelling, frustrated congested streets. What’s the solution?! What do you wish for when there’s absolutely no way to avoid traffic? How about a bike? Yes! In Lebanon, cars not only contribute to traffic, they also pollute the air, as they do everywhere else. So The Chain Effect has come up with a way to promote cycling using street art to get their message across!

The Chain Effect
Three friends created this project in 2014 hoping to promote cycling for mobility in Beirut, Lebanon. Even though the streets aren’t cycle-friendly, they realized that congestion, which is a major issue bearing high costs on the economy, society and environment, could be relieved if more people chose alternative means of transport.

The Chain Effect
Initially, they want to generate discussions and provoke people to think about cycling as more than just a sport or leisure activity. And they do this through street art, public installations and community painting. By painting on the walls of Lebanon, they get their message across in order for more and more people to toss the car and grab some wheels!

The Chain Effect
Cycling is the best way to beat traffic and to get where you need to go. Even better, it keeps you fit and in shape! This project has had impact on other countries, like Syria, where people are also beginning to promote cycling instead of driving cars.

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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