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Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

A Dutch tourist was threatened with a fine in New York City for cycling in skirt. The problem, according to police officer, was that a cyclist in a skirt was distracting, and therefore dangerous to motorists and other road users.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...otoring-hazard

Whilst my initial reaction was to roll my eyes because any driver pervy enough to be distracted could be reasonably charged with driving without due care and attention, what are these women doing cycling in skirts? Cant you at least wear a pair of lycra shorts and keep it in your bag when you're done??

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Old 16.06.2011, 11:04
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

For once I'm on the cyclist's side.

It's a slippery slope, I tell you...
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Old 16.06.2011, 11:06
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

Know what? I reckon your one's fit and the policeman just wanted an excuse to stop and talk to her.

I cycle in skirts, and I have never caused an accident by doing so (to my knowledge.) Then again, I also ride sitting upright, English-spinster-style - would look pretty silly doing that in lycra!

I can see carrying a change of clothes if you're cycling for sport and plan to get all sweaty, but I'm usually just going up town on some errands, or for a slow relaxing spin in the countryside. Why bother??
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

Hey wait a minute... why would you want to stop a perfectly good thing.... we only get distracted 6 months in year because of this and are fully prepared to take the risks associated with it.

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A Dutch tourist was threatened with a fine in New York City for cycling in skirt. The problem, according to police officer, was that a cyclist in a skirt was distracting, and therefore dangerous to motorists and other road users.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...otoring-hazard

Whilst my initial reaction was to roll my eyes because any driver pervy enough to be distracted could be reasonably charged with driving without due care and attention, what are these women doing cycling in skirts? Cant you at least wear a pair of lycra shorts and keep it in your bag when you're done??

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Old 16.06.2011, 11:45
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

I remember once, being on my motorbike in Century City (LA) on a particularly breezy day, when a female cyclist travelling in the opposite direction wearing a flowing over-the-knee length skirt, got hit by a sudden strong gust and ended up doing a Marilyn Monroe (on a bike), revealing tasteful, but eye-pleasing lingerie - and yes ..... I did take my eye off the road.
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Old 16.06.2011, 11:48
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

It when the skirts are the "wrong" length that they're distracting.

Too long and there's nothing to see,

Too short and everything's on display. And it's usually not a pretty sight.

But there's something fascinating about a "nearly" skirt. Maybe on the next pedal....


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Old 16.06.2011, 11:50
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

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I cycle in skirts, and I have never caused an accident by doing so (to my knowledge.)
But then again, this story is from the US. Didn't George Bush fall off a mountain bike for no apparent reason? On the flat. Imagine him behind the wheel of a car, seeing a lovely English spinster cycling down the road. He'd probably instinctively lean over to get his mobile from the back seat to give his buddy Tony a call to tell him he saw Maggie Thatcher on a bike. Imagine the carnage.
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

I used to cycle to college in skirts and dresses. Then one day I was knocked off my bike and fell into a ditch. Luckily a nearby policeman came to my rescue and helped me out of the ditch. Unluckily my full floaty skirt had flown up over my head and offered the policeman a very good long view of my knickers. Soooo embarrassing.
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

Are they also going to forbbid young knackig topless working site guys? Coz I do find those way more dangerous than a girl on a skirt...

To be honest, I've seen a lot of almost porn-like lingerie and car comercials on the roads that could probably do more damage than a poor girl's skirt...


But I better get out of this subject because it kinda reminds me of the old idea that it's the woman's dressing fault that they get abused.
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Are they also going to forbbid young knackig topless working site guys? Coz I do find those way more dangerous than a girl on a skirt...
Amen sister, amen.
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A Dutch tourist was threatened with a fine in New York City for cycling in skirt. The problem, according to police officer, was that a cyclist in a skirt was distracting, and therefore dangerous to motorists and other road users.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...otoring-hazard

Whilst my initial reaction was to roll my eyes because any driver pervy enough to be distracted could be reasonably charged with driving without due care and attention, what are these women doing cycling in skirts? Cant you at least wear a pair of lycra shorts and keep it in your bag when you're done??

Discuss!
A good solution might be that women should wear a burqa while using a bicycle, if men get distracted by them. Reminds me of some other countries though...
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Old 16.06.2011, 11:58
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A good solution might be that women should wear a burqa while using a bicycle
oh no....

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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

The only suitable riding attire for women, IMO.







And something similar for blokes too. Dude, I don't want to see your silhouetted bollocks!
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A good solution might be that women should wear a burqa while using a bicycle, if men get distracted by them. Reminds me of some other countries though...
I saw a video yesterday about why italian food is not popular in arabic countries, it showed 2 women in burqa trying to eat spaghetti
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

NYC seems to be lashing back against cyclists a lot lately, it seems.

But with the skirt thing, I find most of my skirts too tight to comfortable cycle in them. And too long means it gets caught funny. But that's just me. If you can cycle in them, I say, wear those skirts. I'll stick to my shorts for now.
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I remember once, being on my motorbike in Century City (LA) on a particularly breezy day, when a female cyclist travelling in the opposite direction wearing a flowing over-the-knee length skirt, got hit by a sudden strong gust and ended up doing a Marilyn Monroe (on a bike), revealing tasteful, but eye-pleasing lingerie - and yes ..... I did take my eye off the road.
This happened in which episode of ... hmmm .. Young riders?
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NYC seems to be lashing back against cyclists a lot lately, it seems.

But with the skirt thing, I find most of my skirts too tight to comfortable cycle in them. And too long means it gets caught funny. But that's just me. If you can cycle in them, I say, wear those skirts. I'll stick to my shorts for now.

Swiss women (well I guess many European women, and some men as well) definitely lack a sense of practicality when dressing. Really blows my mind at times, but I'm not very fashion conscious so I guess I just don't understand.
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Swiss women (well I guess many European women, and some men as well) definitely lack a sense of practicality when dressing. Really blows my mind at times, but I'm not very fashion conscious so I guess I just don't understand.
You mean wearing dresses and high heels while riding a scooter isn't the height of Swiss efficiency?
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Re: Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

one of the reasons why I don't drive anymore is because most females on light clothing distract me on the streets, whether they or me are walking, driving, riding or just standing around.
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Hey wait a minute... why would you want to stop a perfectly good thing.... we only get distracted 6 months in year because of this and are fully prepared to take the risks associated with it.
Calling your wife....
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