NEW YORK (AP) Bicyclists who planned to go topless to protest the removal of a Brooklyn bike lane have switched gears. Some pinned plastic breasts over their jackets as they rolled into a snowstorm.
Dozens of protestors biked through an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of the Williamsburg section on Saturday.
Bike messenger Heather Loop organized the event. She says the lane was removed because the neighborhood’s Hasidic Jews “can’t handle scantily clad women.”
Some Hasids say the issue is not showing leg, but safety for children being dropped off by school buses.
The protestors had said it would ride through the streets without their tops, but wintry weather forced them to stay dressed.
The bikers’ plastic tactics did not amuse faithful Hasids leaving synagogue services with their families on the Sabbath.
Eds note – A reader of Cycling Central was surprised to learn it’s legal in NYC for women to go topless. He did a little reseach and discovered that .. : New York is the only state in the country where women can be topless legally, after a 1992 ruling in the state’s highest court.”