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Amazing! The traffic-choked streets of Thamel, the tourist heart of Kathmandu, are now car-free.

Students Without Borders Grade 10 girls cycle over from #Nepal to #India for class https://t.co/oAfy5U8YAl https://t.co/bouFSeKgM8 The article explains: “As the road condition to Rangapur is bad, people prefer to send their childr ... [more]

New park created near Naag Pokhari, Kathmandu, post-earthquake (location inexact).

The Kathmandu ring road (at 0730 on a Sunday), now being widened into a dual-carriageway.

Critical Mass in Kathmandu! remembering the death of a campaigner in 2011.

Bike shop, Patan (location very approximate)

Shop where people will hit a bike with a big hammer as required (location approximate).

Durbar Square, Patan - open for cycling

Trishaws waiting for tourists in Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Direct route to Tribhuvan University blocked to scooters and motorbikes - this really should be a cycle route.

Potential cycle route to Tribhuvan University

Travelling salesman, Kirtipur

vegetable seller's bike, Patan, Kathmandu

A lovely quiet court for trainee cyclists, compared to the crazy streets outside.

Scooter and roadworks, Patan, Kathmandu

Roadworks, Patan, Kathmandu

Cargo trike outside our guesthouse

Mountain bikes for rent (rather expensive, but they're in decent condition) at a guesthouse

Parking Inside - for motor scooters.

Touring cyclist (on an unloaded day off) in Boudha.

Stool salesman in Boudha

'Heavy Duty' bike at the Tibetan stupa in Boudha.

Cyclist escaping the roadworks in Boudha

Roadworks in Bouddha - no signs, no diversions, no sign of anything going on, and a hotel that can't be reached except by walking several hundred metres up a back alley.

Roadworks in Boudha - no signs, no diversions, no sign of anything going on, and a hotel that can't be reached except by walking several hundred metres up a back alley.

No Entry to Durbar Square in Bhaktapur - for cars and motorbikes. Cyclists do pass (to the left).

Cyclist in Bhaktapur - much quieter than Kathmandu (location approximate)

Bike sales are apparently booming in Kathmandu - not for use in the city, but for the growing middle-class to take into the hills.

There's virtually no cycle parking in Kathmandu. And a lot of scooters and motorbikes.

One cycle and lots of motorbikes at a crossroads in Kathmandu.

Surprisingly orderly queue waiting for police to let them go.

Bike and motorbike hire in touristy Thamel

Very unusual in Kathmandu - a genuinely pedestrian space (a new private shopping street in touristy Thamel).

Rickshaw and fruit-seller's bike both awaiting custom.

Lone cyclist and lots of motorbikes and scooters - typical of Kathmandu today.

Heavily loaded rickshaw trying to cross the traffic flow in Kathmandu.

Rickshaw being pushed up the hill to Thamel, the most touristy part of kathmandu.

Motorbikes and scooters now dominate Kathmandu and make it one of the world's most polluted cities. Supposedly this road is being rebuilt.

There's a jeep track that fords the river below this bridge, so this could conceivably be on a mountain-biking itinerary. It's typical of the many Swiss-engineered suspension bridges across Nepal.

Roads and jeep tracks are far more widespread than when I was last in Nepal - but bridges like this are rare. You need a jeep (or mountain bike) on this road because of all the streambeds that still have to be crossed.

Dusty but useful 'back street' route.

Footbridge over the river in Kathmandu.

Suspension bridge in Kathmandu.

A marked pedestrian crossing - which is a rare sight in Kathmandu. The trunk road here has cut across a popular local route.

Epic roadworks in Kathmandu. Men stand in deep holes in the ground with shovels. Life carries on around them with motorbikes and pedestrians crawling all over the scene.

The woman riding pillion is clutching an ironing board as they ride along these narrow passages (which sometimes have speed bumps) near the centre of Kathmandu.

This is one of the older suspension bridges across the river in central Kathmandu.

A street in Kathmandu near the Monkey Temple (behind). The man is carrying very many colourful wicker stools on his bike.

Construction of a footway on the right side of this road between the Monkey Temple (on top of the hill in the distance) and the centre of Kathmandu behind. I think the sign behind these pedestrians says, in effect 'Road Closed', or that ... [more]

Construction of a footway on the left side of this road between the Monkey Temple (behind) and the centre of Kathmandu ahead.

Construction of a footway on the left side of this road between the Monkey Temple (behind) and the centre of Kathmandu ahead.

I just caught the end of this bike ride as it was passing through - I called to them to find out what it was about but they just looked at me askance.

This street was once more popularly known as Freak Street. Here there's a banner advertising a rickshaw race, how annoying that I missed it as I was in town that day! It is reported at... http://thehimalayantimes.com/rssReference.p ... [more]

New footbridge over a main road in central Kathmandu.

Load carrying on Kathmandu's ring road

Motorcycles (and a bike) parked by a stupa.

Kathmandu's ring road

Although she's got a green man this barefooted load carrier has to wait for a gap.

Green Man signals - the only ones I've seen in Kathmandu. Even though they are green (and do change to red) traffic still works its way around the corner.

Curious sign (which alternates between the Nepali script and English) exhorts users of this Japanese funded highway: Do Not Throw away garbage.

Kathmandu's ring road near the airport.

Kathmandu's ring road - the central divider makes it very difficult to cross this road.

Lots of green vegetables being carried in a heavy metal rack on the back of this bike on Kathmandu's ring road.

Kathmandu's ring road

A bus pumps out more visible pollution on Kathmandu's ring road.

Masses of motorbikes are first off the mark at the policeman's signal at this big junction on Kathmandu's ring road.

Taken from an aeroplane coming into land at Kathmandu, this is the same bridge as shown in #63050 on the road to Bhaktapur.

Many of the big trucks on Kathmandu's ring road seem to have See You written in big letters on the back.

Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road - with a rare road sign.

View of the river from one of Kathmandu's ring road bridges.

Street just off Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road

Work in progress to widen a bridge on Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road

Distant Himalayan peaks just visible through the pollution on Kathmandu's ring road.

Kathmandu's ring road

Work in progress to double the capacity of this bridge on Kathmandu's ring road.

Pedestrians cover their mouths in a futile attempt to block out the pollution from Kathmandu's ring road.

A heavily laden bicycle among the trucks on Kathmandu's ring road.

Footbridges over Kathmandu's ring road

Heavily laden bicycle on Kathmandu's ring road

Kathmandu's ring road

Passing barracks on Kathmandu's ring road.

Kathmandu's ring road - traffic is passing either side of the right turning van.

Kathmandu's ring road.

A cow among the traffic on Kathmandu's ring road.

A cow among the traffic on Kathmandu's ring road.

Ornate Stupa alongside Kathmandu's ring road.

Kathmandu's ring road.

Rubbish collected by heavy duty trike (look at those reinforced, heavy rear wheels) is transferred to a truck, alongside Kathmandu's ring road.

Transporting cargo on a flatbed trike on Kathmandu's ring road.

A roundabout on Kathmandu's ring road.

A flatbed trike being used to transport metal trunking on Kathmandu's ring road.

A flatbed trike being used to transport metal trunking on Kathmandu's ring road.

Dogs enjoying a deep sleep on the road side near a horribly polluted massive truck depot alongside Kathmandu's ring road.

A footbridge over Kathmandu's ring road.

A heavily used footbridge over Kathmandu's ring road.

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