This is the story of Jasmijn Rijcken, a Dutch woman in NYC to promote Vanmoof bicycles, who alleges she was stopped and harassed by a NYC police officer for wearing a skirt while biking. Apparently this can be dangerous and distracting to motorists.
This story has been picked up by, reported on, and blogged about by many so far and I won't attempt to repeat it. Take a look at these links for the background:
- The Gothamist was one of the first to pick up the story
- Across the pond in London, the Guardian also picked up the story
- Further afar, our Danish friends at Cycle Chic reported on the story and explored a bit of the gendered history of cycling
- Some suggested it was all a marketing hoax, so Streegsblog investigated and decided that it was likely legit
In response to this madness, protest rides were organized. They've been dubbed 'Skirts on Bikes' rides.
|Photo: Andrew Schwartz for New York Press|
Check out the Village Voice and the Gothamist for more on the protest rides.
So, what gives with hating on women (and cyclists) these days? In Toronto this past year a police officer made some comments to a group of students at York University that women should dress less slutty in order not to be raped. This, of course, spawned a worldwide reaction that led to the now famous Slut Walks.