Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv (bicycle paradise)

This video was taken by Ilan Goldstein on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in Tel Aviv.

From Wikipedia: Yom Kippur in Israel

"Festival of Bicycles"

“Festival of Bicycles”

By law, there are no radio or television broadcasts on Yom Kippur, airports are shut down, there is no public transportation, and all shops and businesses are closed.

Beyond state-enforced restrictions, it is considered bad form to eat in public on Yom Kippur or drive a motor vehicle. Allowance is only made for ambulances and emergency vehicles. Over the last few decades, bicycle-riding on the empty streets has become a new “tradition” among secular Israeli youngsters, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur. In consequence, Yom Kippur is jocularly referred to as the “Festival of Bicycles.” Bicycle sales rise in the weeks before Yom Kippur, and companies have taken to advertising children’s bicycles as “Yom Kippur specials.”

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