“SKIRTGATE”

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

Liz standing with two gentlemen from TA last month

 

 

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Enthusiastic about riding my cruiser bike for fun and health!
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8 Responses to “SKIRTGATE”

  1. City Bikes says:

    Did we get hoodwinked on this one? Some Twitterer’s claiming this was a PR stunt…hopeful not.

    • Ryan, the jury is still out. Jasmijn has been known for “guerilla marketing” type stunts, but I don’t think anyone knows for sure. I know a few people are asking around to see if she mentioned it to anyone while she was in NY. Either way, celebrating the normalcy of riding bikes sounds like a great idea!

  2. Liz says:

    As Maureen states, the jury is still out. We are going ahead with this ride, which as Maureen stated is about the celebrating and promoting the idea that you don’t need special clothes to ride a bike. This ride is also about bringing awareness to why the Broadway bike lane is underutilized (there are some infrastructure flaws) and to get more people to use it on a regular basis.

    Liz
    @bikepeacenyc

  3. Aw, this looks like fun. I’d love to make it if I can squeeze out of work on time for once. 🙂 I never wear skirts when riding but this just might be the excuse I need to give it some practice.

  4. Aw, this looks like fun. I’d love to make it if I can squeeze out of work on time for once. I never wear skirts when riding but this just might be the excuse I need to give it some practice.

  5. Sue says:

    Sounds like fun! Best of luck to you all. Look forward to seeing the pics.

  6. Thanks Sue. Tomorrow’s weather will be absolutely perfect for such a ride. Wish you could join in as well!!!

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