Friday, June 11, 2010

Anticipation Grows As SD's First Naked Bike Ride Approaches

San Diego's first-ever Naked Bike Ride is taking place this Saturday and it seems that everyone from the federal court to City of San Diego bureaucrats have heard about it. According to the flier, the ride explicitly protests against oil dependency, promotes a car-free lifestyle, and encourages people to love their bodies.

Sounds good to me.

But the City of San Diego disagrees. As reported in a recent Voice of San article,

'The city isn't cooperating, and appears ready to crack down on any bicyclists who ride naked (or, in the case of women, topless) on the World Naked Bike Ride's 10-mile route through Hillcrest and downtown.'

Sarah Bush, the 20-year-old organizer of the event, decided to fight back and take her case to the federal court. Sarah Bush and attorney Mitch Wallis claim that the city's ordinance violates the First Amendment.

Unfortunately, as described in an extremely vague and brief update on the Nake Bike Ride's Facebook event page, 'the law suit to allow nudity in the WNBR has lost.'

Despite the apparent loss in federal court, organizer/mobilizer Sarah Bush has used the ride as a platform to raise awareness about oil dependency, automobile dependency, freedom of speech, and the human body. Well done, Sarah.

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