16 Jun '11, 9pm

Is it 2011 or 1899? Sexy Cyclist Deemed Traffic Distraction #bikes #cycling

Is it 2011 or 1899? Sexy Cyclist Deemed Traffic Distraction #bikes #cycling

Photo from Dr. Neesen's Book On Wheeling , 1899. While it would be great to get the police officer's side of the story, the Internet is nevertheless circulating a "news" item that a visiting female Dutch cyclist was stopped by a New York City policeman and threatened with a ticket for wearing a skirt he deemed to be a traffic distraction. The Guardian was the latest to print the story about Jasmijn Rijcken, a cyclist visiting New York in late April for the New Amsterdam bike show. Rijcken alleges that an NYPD officer saw her on a city street where she had stopped with her bike to read a map, and threatened to ticket her. The officer felt the skirt Rijcken was wearing was a hazard. Is this 2011 or 1899?

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/cycling-in-a-skir...

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