Does riding your bike naked increase your critical-mass credibility? Or does it subvert it? Are people more sympathetic to your pro-bike cause if you're riding around in the altogether? It's not clear to me, but y'know here in Minneapolis we only get a few months out of the year to test the theory, and in our modesty we tend to run underwear rides.
But I noticed over the weekend a nude ride out in my old stomping grounds went down. (Er -- occurred?) Out in Eugene, Oregon, about 100 riders hit the streets in various states of undress. The ride very nearly ended when police tried to arrest a bare-chested woman, but angry naked cyclists surrounded The Man, and The Man wisely backed off.
An officer grabbed Hurd, who was wearing only panties, and put her on the ground, preparing to arrest her. Another officer trained his Taser on a naked man who approached the scene, but did not use the weapon.
Two thoughts: The image of a naked man being hit with a taser is currently burning itself into my mental harddrive, and I 'm not happy about it. Second, winter must be over in Oregon.
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