Should Riding a Bike in a Skirt Be a Crime? The NYPD Allegedly Thinks So

I have a bike that I adore. It’s a white Kona that I’ve named Snow White, though she’s not as snowy as she used to be (who is, really?). Anyway, I usually ride in shorts or workout gear.  And unlike running, which should never be done in a skirt, I occasionally wear a bike skirt to ride. Because there is nothing cuter than a girl in a skirt on a bike.

The NYPD seems to disagree. According to the New York Daily News, a Dutch woman was in town for the New Amsterdam Bike Show and was stopped by the NYPD for wearing a skirt on her bike. She told the NYDN, “He said it’s very disturbing, and it’s distracting the cars and it’s dangerous.” In the end, she wasn’t ticketed; but she was very confused.

If true, how appalling is that? If the NYPD is going around ticketing people for wearing sexy clothes distracting traffic they better arrest everyone in the Meatpacking District on a Saturday night. And don’t even get me started on Washington Heights in the summertime.

This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. So in honor of skirt-donning, girl-riders everywhere, I’ve assembled a gallery of girls riding bikes in skirts.  Enjoy. And then get out there in your Herve Leger bandage dress and hit the Columbus Avenue bike lanes. (Hopefully law enforcement authorities won’t shut down my site.)

OK, so she may deserve at least a tiny fine, just for being tacky. (Image from: TotallyFail.org)

This is Jasmijn Rijcken, the offender. Doesn't she look like a traffic hazard? (Image from NYDN)

This guy's wearing a skirt and no shirt. HELLO?!? (Image from TwoBlueBikes.blogspot.com)

This is Agyness Deyn, gorgeous British model, riding in a dress...in NYC. *gasp*

She's wearing a yellow skirt and heels. And she's French. Le sigh.

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3 comments

  1. marko · June 13, 2011

    Hardly a crime,

    skirt, spandex, both look equally attractive (distractive? 😉

  2. Leslie · June 20, 2011

    Perhaps she was particularly cute, and young, ’cause I bike in a skirt often (over 40) and I’m never stopped!! 😉

  3. stylespaz · April 23, 2012

    I really enjoyed this post! Outrageous getting ticketed! Thank you. I thought it was hilarious when you said she deserved a ticket for being tacky… awesome!

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