To promote urban biking as a "stylish and fun" way of transport, more than 1,500 Romanian women in colourful skirts and high heels cycled through the country's main cities. The event, called SkirtBike, "aims to celebrate the independence and empowerment that cycling can provide to all women and to encourage those who do not already cycle to do so", organisers said. "We want to show that it is possible for women to be elegant on a bike in order to promote cycling as a normal way of transport" to work, school or shopping, Oana Deliu, one of the organisers, told AFP. In the capital Bucharest, hundreds of women defied pouring rain and cycled for several kilometres, wearing colourful skirts and dresses under transparent raincoats or holding an umbrella in one hand. Unlike in Amsterdam or Copenhagen, where biking is an established tradition, urban cycling is a new trend in Romania. "This event is very important because it shows people that more and more women are biking and it could be an example" for others, said 29-year-old Cristina Dumitru, who cycles every day to work. "If more and more people would use bikes in Bucharest, the city would be cleaner," she added. "Biking is a way to be different in a big city. You can customise your bike like you want and it is environment friendly," said Laura Balan, another participant. Deliu has created an advocacy blog that promotes urban cycling for women and calls for better biking infrastructure in Bucharest. Hundreds of women took part in the event in 11 other cities across the country, including western Timisoara, central Sibiu, northeastern Iasi and northwestern Cluj, police said.Source: AFP << Hong Kong's Giant Duck Imitated By Chinese Imitators Viewing Facebook Profile of Self can Enhance Self-esteem >> Recommended Reading Health Researchers: Walking or Bicycling to Work can Motivate Colleagues to Follow Suit Health researchers suggest that people who walk or bike to work are likely to influence their co-workers and partners to do the same. READ MORE Plastic Recycling Gaining Popularity in Kanpur In Kanpur, recycling of plastic has gained popularity with more 300 units being set up and employing at least 40,000 people. READ MORE Recycling Firm Fined for Polluting River With Poisonous Chemicals A recycling firm that backed the Live Earth concert is in trouble for polluting a river with poisonous chemicals. READ MORE Research Says Sea Bug Vital for Recycling Carbon on Earth A new study reveals that SAR11 bug is the most abundant organism in the oceans and plays a vital role in the Earth's carbon cycle. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Exercise Bikes or Elliptical Trainers: Which is Better? Cycling on an elliptical machine or exercise bike are excellent home based workouts, providing aerobic exercise and help increase heart rate and burn calories. READ MORE Exercises to Grow Taller An article that highlights on the list of exercises that aids to grow taller. READ MORE Health Benefits of Cycling For Women Cycling is a physical activity that is fun and time-efficient and is one of the best ways to reduce health problems specially in women. Read more to know the major health benefits of cycling on women. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sanatogen Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: Exercise and FitnessExercises to Grow TallerHealth Benefits of Cycling For WomenExercise bikes or Elliptical trainers: Which is Better?