Because women who straddled a motorcycle were “distracting” men from driving safely, a county in Kenya is proposing a law that could force women to sit sidesaddle while a man drives the motorcycle or bike. Kisumu County assembly members agreed that the sitting position of women straddling a bike, called ‘bet angewa,’ was unconstitutional and un-cultural. Because women were “exposing their bodies” by opening their legs on the bikes, men began losing respect for them. Now it is the safety and mobility of the women that will be put at risk — especially when they’re wearing long, flowing clothing hanging over the sides of the bike. Kisumu County is actually not the first place concerned about women straddling male bike riders; a city in Indonesia enacted a law requiring women to ride sidesaddle on bikes and motorcycles. Sure there’s a better way to solve this conundrum somehow? One that is less dangerous? [Salon via Standard Media] [Image via MrJam.org]
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Guys, Saturday was World Naked Bike Ride Day, an annual global event where cyclists are encouraged to ride in the buff to raise awareness about bike rights. Founded in 2004, the World Naked Bike Ride organizers suggest riders pedal “as bare as you dare.” This NSFW video shows hundreds of cyclists in Mexico City taking off their clothes and taking to the streets. Let’s just hope they wipe down their bike seats post-ride. [Telegraph]
A couple of years ago, I had the chance to go to Amsterdam for a few days. My favorite part? No, not the weed, you stoners! It was the bikes! Most people get around on easygoing cruisers, with high handle bars that make it easy to see where you’re going as you’re biking around town. That’s why I’m really into this Schwinn Starlet bike, with its wide tires, high handle bars and bright, poppy color. It’s not necessarily the best bike for traversing the mean city streets, but it does seem like it’d be perfect for a meandering after-dinner cruise.