Nude bicyclists seek motorist respect
Updated: 2006-06-11 10:54
A nude cyclist wearing a mask rides across a street as part of
"The World Naked Bike Ride" in downtown Mexico city, June 10, 2006.
About two dozen bicyclists rode nude through downtown Mexico City on
Saturday, demanding respect from motorists and protesting the car-oriented
culture in this megalopolis of 20 million.
With slogans like "Respect Bike Riders" painted on their bodies, the naked
cyclists turned many heads in a city where it's rare to see even clothed
cyclists braving the
"Drivers don't respect us, which is why we've had to take this kind of
action," said Felipe Fulop, a protest organizer.
Agustin Mendez, 48, arrived to the protest wearing only a pair of sneakers
and a bike helmet.
"This is what we have to do to get drivers to see us, and respect us," said
Mendez, adding he was recently hit by an object ¡ª believed to be a bottle ¡ª
wielded by a youth leaning out of a passing vehicle on a Mexico City street.
While the city has constructed a few bike paths and lanes in recent years, it
has built far more expressways for cars.
Much of the city's bicycle route consists of lane markers painted on streets
and sidewalks, which few drivers respect.
Saturday's demonstrators also stressed that they were helping the city's
severe smog problem.
"We don't pollute," Fulop said.