|the new amsterdam bicycle show|
yesterday there were circulating tweets about a female cyclist in new york being pulled over by the police for wearing a skirt that could distract drivers (the cyclist and skirt above). i wonder... is that the real reason or was this cop sexual harassing her? i luckily have never had an incident like this, maybe because cops in SF, Berkeley, and Oakland have better things to worry about than harassing me about the skirt that i'm wearing. either way, wearing a skirt on a bike is not illegal and definitely not an invitation to flirt, period. i cycle in skirts everyday, it feel fantastic and maybe others would know how to appreciate this if they only knew, try it, it's great, really. wearing a skirt on a bike is not an excuse to pull anyone over, and nor is it a contradiction to the revolution many of use women bring with us on two wheels. if ever pulled over for this reason, simply be kind and answer the officer while defending yourself and right to ride in a skirt, it's just simply not illegal.
note: wearing a skirt on a bike is a great way to use clothing to maximize visibility to motorists (to the point of distraction? i think not.) the fuller and more colorful the better!
i say if you want to start a revolution, start wearing your skirt, organize a ride, ride against harassment. tonight i'm raging my own war against this with the east bay bike party, the ride of all things is themed skirt party, see you out there tonight!