Sunday, July 22, 2007

Naked Politics: Arrested for what?

As posted July 17th, 2007 at

There's more than one way to put one's rear on the line for a cause, such as putting it, au naturel, on a bike seat on a hot day.

But riders in the annual Seattle Naked Bike Ride do so in order to draw attention to how exposed we are to pollution, and to the healthy sport of bicycling. Nude bicycling isn't a high-concept form of activism, but at the very least, it's endearing in what it aims to accomplish. So we were surprised to hear that Seattle police arrested three of the riders as they rode into Seward Park over the weekend. A story in the P-I points out, "a person can be naked in public as long as no one is offended," but as it turns out, police received complaints and that was that.

We're accustomed to the sight of nude cyclists in these parts (a large group rides in the annual Fremont Solstice Parade), and we respectfully disagree with the indecent exposure citation those arrested received (they may be later charged with a misdemeanor). Let 'em ride free, already.

Soundoff (41 comments)

My previous posting on this the WNBR Arrests;

Also a funny commentary by Susan Paynter of the PI.

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