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06-11-06, 07:18 AM #1
Dozens of cyclists ride naked to demand respect from the motoring public
MEXICO CITY Jun 10, 2006 (AP)— Dozens of cyclists rode nude through downtown Mexico City on Saturday, demanding respect from motorists and protesting against the car-oriented culture in this megalopolis.
With slogans like "Respect Bike Riders" painted on their bodies, about two dozen naked cyclists turned heads in a city where it's rare to see even clothed riders braving the chaotic traffic on bikes.
"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 at 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 what he believes was a bottle thrown 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.
The city's bicycle routes consist 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.
06-11-06, 10:00 AM #2
I can understand wanting "respect", but I don't know if riding around naked would get it. Maybe we should try that to get respect from the people we pull over?The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
06-11-06, 10:22 AM #3GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Maybe people in general need to get naked to get respect from each other. You always here that "why you disrespecting me, man". Hang on, I live in Nowhere, NC. Average weight is a little higher around here and that may not be a good idea. This might work towards the beach, though. Hate to be a cop there though, cuz there would be lots of accidents.And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
06-11-06, 11:33 AM #4Originally Posted by Centurion44
We are the thin blue line
and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
06-11-06, 12:17 PM #5Originally Posted by 1sgkelly
06-11-06, 12:32 PM #6
At least I'll have someplace to hang my cuffs.The virtue of spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. -Jor El, as played by Marlon Brando
06-11-06, 03:09 PM #7
Why am I reminded of a skit from Monty Python's Meaning of Life??\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
06-11-06, 08:34 PM #8
So THATS the way you get respect!
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