Many cyclists are aware of the alleged chastising of Jasmijn Rijcken, the Dutch marketing director for VANMOOF, an urban bicycle company. When Jasmijn was in NYC for the NewAmsterdam Bike Show, off her bike, consulting a map – she told by a police officer that in her skirt she “was distracting to drivers.” Many photos of Jasmijn, looking quite adorable in a midthigh length skirt with a ruffle, have appeared on the internet. http://gawker.com/5811174/skirted-cycling-the-latest-in-nyc-biking-crime
What constitutes what is acceptable for one to wear when biking? If this event occurred, the term “fashion police” really takes on a new meaning in this case.
In an effort to celebrate the freedoms we were founded on, and to make lemonade out of lemons, Liz Patek has organized a “Sassy and Classy”, celebration of riding in style, to further help promote the normalizing of riding a bike in everyday clothing!
If you’d like to join the “Short Skirt Celebration/Love and Ride the Broadway Bike Lane Ride” and help ensure its success, our own Pied Piper Liz is asking cyclists meet at Columbus Circle at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday June 16th. We will ride at 7:30. Skirts, dresses, shorts, kilts, slacks all are welcome as we take cycling to the streets in a dignified fashion! Look for updates on twitter (Liz’s handle is bikepeacyny, or check out tweets with #bikenyc). And there is a facebook page as well: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178399668883814