Paul Andrews

Daily Roundup: Naked cyclist gets ticket to cover himself, Zorn can hit the trails, SF guy’s year avoiding cars, Black Diamond glitters & more

In Bicycling on January 5, 2010 at 2:04 am

Naked Seattle cyclist charged with indecent exposure. Guy participates in World Naked Bike Ride, gets a citation. Your taxpayer dollars at work.

This is a real puzzler because law enforcement has been pretty tolerant of naked rides. Every year a klatch of unclothed (albeit body-painted) riders enliven the Fremont Fair’s Solstice Parade. This seems like a complete waste of the city’s time. See comments queue.

No naked cycling in Bejing these days. You have to love the quote about being colder standing still than on a bike.

And there is at least one place on earth where bikes come first: “Street sweepers made clearing a bicycle lane their first priority, at least in my part of town. They shoveled an 18-inch wide swath along the curb…”

I hope Jim Zorn is a better mountain biker than he is a football coach. In fact, I’m sure he’s a better mountain biker than he is a coach. At least now he’s got some time to hit the trails… Hey, Copper Canyon‘s nice this time of year Jim!

Following up on our New Year’s Top 10 Bicycling Issues for 2010: Bike sharing. Keep it in mind. It’s already spiking and Silicon Valley is adding it in March.

What’s going on in Black Diamond? Wonderful stuff

A friend brought to our attention the saga of Brooke Hopkins, paralyzed in a tragic bike-on-bike accident just over a year ago. He and wife Peggy run a touching and inspiring blog on Brooke’s recovery process. Most of us in the cycling world who’ve been around for awhile have friends or relatives touched by similar tragedy. Well worth the click-through. (Salt Lake Tribune story on Brooke here.)

No surprise perhaps, but SeattleLikesBikes agrees that the No. 1 cycling priority for 2010 is a new Washington State “vulnerable user” law.

A year with no “car contact.” Not as hard as you might think (as long as there’s trains and airplanes!)

  1. Update: Seattle’s new City Attorney completely reversed the train on this case. At the first meeting of all parties, the City proposed to drop the charges – “dismiss with prejudice” – and so never would be able to charge him in this incident again. The reasoning for this was very clearly stated as in the “Interest of Justice”. We all know that no person on WNBR that September day did anything lewd or obscene. It is true that some citizens were offended by seeing an unclothed person. I’m saddened by such a response, especially considering that 1000’s observed the similar civic protest actions or just plain Solstice fun for years. We really must learn to get along. Live and let live.

    Just to be clear, anyone being obscene, doing anything prurient, taunting, teasing or sexually suggestive is not welcome nor tolerated by the WNBR organizers / participants.

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