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Naked Bikers File Suit To Overturn San Diego’s Anti-Nude Ordinance

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Aired 6/3/10

Dozens of people are planning to bike in the buff next week in downtown San Diego as part of a World Naked Bike Ride. San Diego organizer Sarah Bush said the group is riding nude to protest oil dependence and to show appreciation of the human body.

— Dozens of people are planning to bike in the buff next week in downtown San Diego as part of a World Naked Bike Ride. San Diego organizer Sarah Bush said the group is riding nude to protest oil dependence, and to show appreciation of the human body.

San Diego Police warned that nude riders will be ticketed and possibly taken into custody.

In response, Bush filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to overturn city's ordinance, stating it violates her First Amendment rights.

Bush argued riders can't express themselves and grab people's attention without being fully naked. "It’s not a world naked bike ride if you can’t be naked, and it would be limiting to the ride if we have to put on articles of clothing," she said.

Her attorney Mitch Wallis said the ordinance is too broad. "Some nudity is political, some is artistic, some has special value that is protected by the First Amendment, and you can’t sweep it in with other nudity that is not protected," he said.

San Diego’s 10-mile bike ride is scheduled for June 12. Nude protesters plan to start in downtown San Diego and make their way through Hillcrest. San Diego's ride is one of more than two dozen scheduled around the world.

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Avatar for user 'yermama'

yermama | June 3, 2010 at 9:22 a.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Ahahaha! Kim, you crack me up - you need a show "Away/ A Way With Irony"

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yermama | June 3, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

My forefathers and foremothers didn't escape religious/moral persecution to create a new land of moral and religious persecution just to have me flaunt my birthday suit... Even if I'm behind closed (clothed) doors I place myself under citizens arrest if I change clothes near a reflective surface... Eeek!

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randolphslinky | June 3, 2010 at 12:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

While I certainly appreciate the beauty of the human form, and I agree that we need to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels it is complete nonsense to say that your speech will be imparied or infringed upon if you can't bike nude for this event.

All this will do is disrupt traffic by attracting gawkers, require tons of law enforcement who have better things to do, and likey cost the city money.

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sarababe | June 16, 2010 at 7:53 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Get a whole nude attitude!
Nude is normal
Like your body? Show it!
naturistspace . org
Who says there's anything wrong with skin?
Skinful isn't sinful
Turn life skin-side out - go naked
It's time to turn your life skin-side out

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